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.
Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration, Civic Engagement, Community Organizing, Social Movements, Social Policy, and Political Participation.
Our Existence is a Political Issue: Examining the Political Participation of Undocumented Latinx Immigrants in the Midwest
|2014||MA||University of Michigan|
|2011||MSW||University of Michigan|
|2006||BA||University of Michigan|
|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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