Center for Urban Research and Learning

Loyola University Chicago

Here you will find all of CURL's research projects and publications. 

Immigrant Youth Identity and Belonging in a Community-School

(01/2013 - 05/2014)

This project focuses on identify formation of students in a Chicago public high school that has a formal partnership with a community organization through the Full Service Community Schools Initiative.  More specifically, the project explores how immigrant youth make sense of their identity formation, perceive their community and create a sense of belonging as students. This community-school engages high school students in various before and after school programs for academic remediation and social/emotional enrichment. In the past, CURL has partnered with this community-organization to offer research assistance in program evaluation, the creation of survey instruments for parents and students involved in the community-school sponsored programs, and data collection and analysis to increase the capacity of the organization.


Research Team:

  • D. VanZytveld, CURL
  • S. Rodriguez, Graduate Fellow Volunteer
  • A. Martin, Undergraduate Urban Studies student
  • G. Alfano, Undergraduate Urban Studies student
  • A. Sands, Undergraduate Urban Studies student