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Families Living (Un)Documented

Fall 2024: Wednesdays, 1:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Walton Center for Planetary Health, Room 409 (Session C)

What does literature tell us about the most common forms of adversity that impact mixed-status families, and how they use their history, culture, and traditions to cope and resist?


How do U.S.-born citizen children navigate rites of passages or cultural rituals in relation to existing within a mixed-status family?


How do undocumented youth use their identities and status to organize community?


What interdiciplinary methodologies can be used in collaboration with undocumented families and communities to produce research projects?

How have Latinx undocumented youth historically come to be identified in legal institutions, policy, education, politics, and social movements, at the national, state, and local levels?

WHY is immigration a national issue? Why and how are undocumented front-and-center in the immigration debate? What can we learn from families with mixed status?

WHERE: Our course will be working closely with families who have mixed immigration status and organizations like Consultas y Más.

WHAT: With the community we’ll investigate the “stressors” that impact them, the effect these can have on youth development, and how they navigate rites of passages or cultural rituals. We will also examine how youth today are changing immigration activist movements.

HOW: We will investigate the intersections of immigrant youth and children with mixed-status family well-being through multiple methods - qualitative methods such as storytelling, oral history, and digital archives and quantitative methods such as surveys – within a broader community-based approach.

OUTCOME: We will develop, record, and produce a podcast.


  • Collaborators TBA

Impact Outcomes

Students will share their findings with the general public in a format of their choosing. Check this page at the end of the semester for updates!

Families Living (Un)Documented in the News

At the Humanities Lab, we strive to ensure our Labs are relevant and current. Here are some recent articles about Families Living (Un)Documented in today’s news!

The Legal Status Divide among the Children of Immigrants | Daedalus | MIT Press 

Sharing the Burden: Latinx Immigrant Parents and Teens’ Sociopolitical Discussions and Their Impact on Youth Mental Health

Enrollment Information

Fall 2024: Wednesdays, 1:30 pm - 4:15 pm

WCPH Room 409, Session C

Humanities Lab HUL 494, 598
Family Studies FAS 498, 598
English ENG 598
History HST 494


Instructional Team

Seize the Moment

This Lab is presented through Seize the Moment, an initiative of Leonardo, the Humanities Lab, and the Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University. In an alarming syndemic of intersecting crises—the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice and accompanying civil unrest, and cascading environmental hazards—Seize the Moment addresses the grand challenges of the day through transdisciplinary arts, science, technological, and humanities collaborations in research, pedagogy, and public engagement. To learn more, visit our website at

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