How College-Graduate Latinx Millennials Are Faring After the COVID-19 Pandemic

Awarded Scholars:
Daisy Reyes, University of California, Merced
Project Date:
Oct 2021
Award Amount:
$47,574

Co-funded with the JPB Foundation

During and after the Great Recession, first-generation millennial Latinx students continued to attend college and graduate in hopes of achieving mobility. The COVID-19 pandemic, another social and economic disruption, has disproportionately affected Latinx communities, which had a higher death rate, a greater percentage of essential workers, and higher unemployment rates than non-Hispanic whites. Sociologist Daisy Reyes will conduct a third wave of interviews with 61 Latinx college graduates to explore how the pandemic has affected their mobility trajectories. She will address issues related to race, familial wealth and income, first-generation college-going, citizenship and immigration, and their provision of financial support for their families. The first wave of interviews took place in 2008–2010 and the second in 2018–2019. Wave 1 interviews were the basis for her book, Learning to Be Latino: How Colleges Shape Identity Politics (2018). In Wave 2, 45 of these respondents and 16 of their peers discussed how they were faring as college graduates who entered the labor market during and after the Great Recession. For this project, the investigator will contact all Wave 2 respondents with the goal of re-interviewing all 61 via Zoom.

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