Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Publication Date

Spring 4-21-2022


Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of


Sociology, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Dr. Erin Pryor

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


Research shows the intersectional inequality of lower socioeconomic status and Mexican-Americans, restrains the groups’ social mobility (Heller, et al. 2004; Rojas-García 2013). This restraint affects Mexican-Americans in their strides towards English proficiency through taking ESL courses. In previous studies, funding is identified as an issue within the ESL programs and their outcomes (Ruecker 2021). Proof of functioning ESL programs (Albritton 2021; Barnes 2021; Shiffman 2019) showcases the limitation which the lack of funding thus retains within these programs. In the case of which the word “functioning” is described here, the primary goal of this research topic is to examine the lack of funding as an educational tactic to limit ESL programs and how it directly affects the adult Mexican-American population by suppressing their socioeconomic mobility. In Dr. Pryor’s Social Research Method class, we were able to research this further through literature reviews and survey research with Introduction to Sociology student respondents, secondary data and content analyzes, and a qualitative interview with a qualified subject. By analyzing the above research topic, we can draw conclusions that support Mexican-Americans' inability to surpass and excel past the glass ceiling within United States’ society. We will discuss our findings, the methodologies, and proposals for future research.


There are other presenters as well: Grace Cleland, Jessica Mattsson, and Nigel marvin