Carolina Valdivia Ordorica

PhD Candidate in Education and Ford Foundation Fellow, Harvard University
Chapter Member: Boston SSN
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About Carolina

Valdivia researches the ways through which illegality impacts the lives of undocumented youth and their families, including their educational trajectories, as well as their civic and political participation.


Who is Gaining the Most from Obama's Deferred Action Program for Undocumented Adults?

  • Jaein Josefina Lee
  • Kristina Brant

In the News

Carolina Valdivia Ordorica quoted on her experience as an undocumented student by Rob Davis, "Dreams Deferred: A Real-Life Look into the Path to Citizenship" San Diego Magazine, November 15, 2013.
Guest to discuss young, undocumented adults who’ve been deported back to Mexico on NPR: Latino USA, Carolina Valdivia Ordorica, October 25, 2013.
Guest to discuss limitations of deferred action for undocumented students on NBC San Diego: San Diego Immigrants Go Public with Undocumented Status, Carolina Valdivia Ordorica, March 12, 2013.


"DREAMer Activism: Challenges and Opportunities" in Undocumented Latino Youth: Navigating Their Worlds, edited by Marisol Clark-Ibañez (Lynne Rienner Publishers, Spring 2015).
Focuses on the social and political action involved in supporting, opposing, and/or shaping immigration legislation at the local, state, and national levels.
"In Their Own Words: A Nationwide Survey of Undocumented Millennials," (with Tom K. Wong), Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, 2014.
Provides new insights related to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, life after DACA, and the experience of “coming out” as undocumented, as well as a first-of-its-kind look at the civic engagement and political incorporation of undocumented youth, among several other important topics.
"My Un(DACA)mented life: Experiences of Undocumented Immigrant Young Adults Growing Up amidst Anti-Immigrant Policies and Resisting through Activism" (with Diana Valdivia). Journal of Transborder Studies Research and Practice (2014).
Examines undocumented youth-led organizing and the recent implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and offers a unique insight of navigating everyday life as undocumented immigrants in a border community.