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TO: Dr.

Vierra

FROM: Isaac Lopez

Date: 9/16/18

RE: Topic Bibliography

Topic

According to the Alcohol and Drug Use, Abuse, and Dependence in Urban Areas and Colonias

of the Texas–Mexico Border (2006), the term colonias-poverty can be defined as small

communities across the US-Mexico border that do not have the necessary resources to live

comfortably (income and/or living conditions). These “slums” are found scattered across the US-

Mexico border and in some extreme cases are unmarked in maps and have poor living

conditions. While some can be found in Mexico, students who live in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua

still make the fight to cross and attend school to better their own future.

Possible Research Questions

• Do students who live in colonias have a more difficult time graduating high school than
those who do not?

• What programs or research, if any, does UTEP offer or is conducting to assist students
who live in colonias?

• Do people who live in Colonias develop a drinking and drug abuse faster than those who
don’t and if so does this make it harder on them to stay in class and maintain a high
GPA?

• Do colonial students tend to stay more motivated to graduate college and try to gain a
masters or a Ph. D?

• Do students living in colonias have a higher college dropout rate?

Conclusion
Many students who attend UTEP are first generation college students. As for this many of them

come from colonias or as we know them the in our English term the slums. Our beliefs tell us

that these students tend to do horrible at school and don’t seem to excel at any point, but as

always looks can be deceiving. These students can be the most dedicated in the planet to better

their own future as those who stated off better at this lottery called life.
Bibliography

Mier, N., Ory, M. G., Zhan, D., Conkling, M., Sharkey, J. R., & Burdine, J. N. (2008). Health-

related quality of life among mexican americans living in colonias at the Texas–Mexico border.

Social Science & Medicine, 66(8), 1760-1771.

Wallisch, L. S., & Spence, R. T. (2006). Alcohol and drug use, abuse, and dependence in urban

areas and colonias of the texas-mexico border. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences,

28(2), 286-307.

Colonias in texas. Retrieved from https://people.uwec.edu/ivogeler/w188/border/coloniasTX.htm

Galindo, J. Retrieved from https://libguides.utep.edu/chicano4306

Parcher, W. J., & Humberson, G. D. (2007). Retrieved from

https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1230/pdf/OFR2007-1230.pdf

Ward, P. M. (2010). Colonias and public policy in texas and mexico: Urbanization by stealth

University of Texas Press


Donelson, A. J., & Esparza, A. X. (2016). The colonias reader: Economy, housing and public health in

US-mexico border colonias University of Arizona Press.

Esparza, A. X., & Donelson, A. J. (2008). Colonias in arizona and new mexico: Border poverty and

community development solutions University of Arizona Press.

Esparza, A. X., & Donelson, A. J. (2008). Colonias in arizona and new mexico: Border poverty and

community development solutions University of Arizona Press.

Hill, S. (2003). Metaphoric enrichment and material poverty: The making of “colonias.”. Ethnography

at the Border, , 141-165.