Publication Date

Summer 8-10-2022

Document Type

Action research project: USD users only.

Degree Name

MA Higher Education Leadership


Leadership Studies


First-generation Latinx students often face a hostile college climate and feelings of isolation at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs). Latinx students learn to navigate this reality by drawing on cultural knowledge and skills gained in overcoming earlier structural barriers to education. One source of resiliency utilized by Latinx students is the consumption of Spanish-language music (música) to navigate institutions experienced as negative or indifferent. Evidence emphasizes that listening to music helps develop self-awareness, self-management, and social engagement—skills which impact academic experiences and student achievement. Using a mixed methods approach, this study illuminates the positive impact that música has on the experiences of graduate students at the University of San Diego (USD) who identify as first-generation and Latinx.

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