Fostering Belonging and Civic Identity: Perspectives from Newcomer and Refugee Students in Arizona and New York

Russell, S. Garnett; Persaud, Amlata; Mantilla Blanco, Paula Liliana; Webster, Katrina; Elliott, Maya

This policy report focuses on high-school-aged newcomer immigrant and resettled refugee students and explores their experiences across four schools in Arizona and New York. Using mixed research methods, the report examines the ways in which these students develop a sense of belonging and civic identity, and the role of schools in influencing student growth and development. The report presents findings on diversity and inclusion, student belonging and well-being, civic identity, rights, and civic engagement, and school and community participation, as well as policy recommendations for key stakeholders.

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Teachers College, Columbia University
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February 22, 2021


Keywords: immigrants, refugees, education, schools, belonging, citizenship, civic identity, mixed methods, policy report