Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Karen Watt

Second Advisor

Dr. Hilda Silva

Third Advisor

Dr. Marie Simonsson


The purpose of this study was to examine the journeys of selected Latina transnationals and how they transformed their lives through educational achievements and successful careers in the borderlands of Texas. The researcher utilized a phenomenological collective case study approach that investigated how the selected Latina transnationals overcame challenges via a series of semi-structured interviews (Creswell, 2013). Latinas are forced through their journeys to negotiate multiple systems that could possibly impact their educational trajectories (Lechuga-Pena & Lechuga, 2018). Despite Latinas being seen as the other, the object, the minority, many are able to tell their own stories and liberate themselves from the shared experiences of oppression and inequality in the United States (Silva-Martinez, 2017). Through the data analysis, the five themes that emerged bestowed the researcher with a perspective lens and generalizations for the interviews conducted were languages barriers, influencers, mentorship, bicultural, and family pride (Creswell, 2013). The study explored the needs for educational leaders to acknowledge the student's cultural and familial capital which add value to use it for the transformation of their schooling experiences.


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