Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal studies

First Advisor

Patty Whang


The focus of this Capstone Project is on parent involvement for non-English speaking parents and the roadblocks they may face. This is an essential issue because parental involvement is especially important to foster academic success for students. It is argued that the primary stakeholder perspectives chosen were non-English speaking parents, teachers, and former students. These stakeholder perspectives were chosen given the demographic location of the schools and population. Having a predominant immigrant and Hispanic population paved the way for the collection of data and understanding of the issue at hand. Three themes emerged from an analysis of the interview data. First, the language barrier is an important issue due to parents not speaking English which would present an issue when communicating with teachers and schools. Second, cultural differences can also affect parent-teacher relationships. Lastly, there’s no flexibility when it comes to the resources available to parents because the majority of parents are not able to attend certain events due to late working hours, lack of transportation, or childcare.

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