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Nicolaus (Nick) R. Espitia

PhD Student. Social Work/Sociology Candidate

Nicolaus (Nick) R. Espitia

Nicolaus Espitia, MSW'11, MA 2014, is a PhD candidate in the Joint Social Work and Sociology doctoral program. His research focuses on the political participation of undocumented Latinx immigrants. Additionally, Nicolaus has a background in community organizing, policy advocacy and program evaluation. He currently works with several immigrant advocacy groups within the state of Michigan. Previously, Nicolaus has worked as a policy consultant for a federally qualified health care clinic in Detroit, MI and as a communications specialist for the Michigan State Senate.

Research Interests/Focus

Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration, Civic Engagement, Community Organizing, Social Movements, Social Policy, and Political Participation.

Dissertation Title

Our Existence is a Political Issue: Examining the Political Participation of Undocumented Latinx Immigrants in the Midwest

Contact Information



Year Degree   School
2014 MA University of Michigan
2011 MSW University of Michigan
2006 BA University of Michigan
Year Description
2018 Espitia, N, R. Rodems, & Richards-Shuster, K. (2018, January). Connecting Ideals to Actions: How Definitions of Social Justice Influence the Civic Engagement of Undergraduate Students. Oral presentation. Session on Civic Engagement Among Emerging Adults: Social Justice, Diversity, and Well-Being. The Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference. Washington, D.C.
2017 Espitia, N. (2017, March) How Immigration Policy Influences the Political Participation of Undocumented Latinx Youth. Paper Presentation. Latin America Social and Public Policy Conference. Pittsburgh, PA
2017 Espitia, N (2017, November). Undocumented, Unafraid, and United: How Current Immigration Policy has Shaped the Identities and Political Participation of Undocumented Latinx Immigrants in the United States. Oral Presentation. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C.
2016 Espitia, N., Rodems, R., & Richards-Schuster, K. (2016, November) Exploring Pathways: Social Justice and Social Work Among College-Aged Students. Oral Presentation. The Conference on Social Work Education’s Annual Planning Meeting. Atlanta, GA.

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