Yolanda Xochitl Bada Garcia

    Email Address: xbada@uic.edu
    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Latin American and Latino Studies
    Secondary Department: Sociology
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: 1519 University Hall Phone: 3129969144
    Webpage: http://www.uic.edu/las/latamst/directory/bada.shtml
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    My work intersects the study of Latino immigrant incorporation, international community development, transnational labor advocacy, and migrant civic engagement.
    I am interested in an undergraduate student interested in helping me with data collection for a new project on Transnational Labor Advocacy in which I am collaborating with colleagues at the University of California, Santa Cruz:
    This research will explore the following overarching questions: What are the main trends in the bilateral cooperation to enforce labor rights standards across different cities in the United States? What are the main opportunities and constraints that binational cooperation agreements on labor enforcement face for successful implementation at the local level? These questions will be explored through a combination of survey research in 50 cities and in depth case studies in two states (California and Illinois). The principal research strategy will involve coordination of survey data collection and interviewing key informants and representatives of civil society and Mexican and U.S. government agencies in order to identify best practices and differences in outreach models. Our research will focus on one of the clearest examples of transnational labor advocacy through diplomatic institutions: the role of the Mexican Consulate in supporting labor rights enforcement in the United States. Our interdisciplinary research team includes two U.S.-based scholars (sociologists Shannon Gleeson and Xóchitl Bada) and two Mexico-based scholars (anthropologist Tania Cruz and political scientist David Rocha), who bring expertise in the areas of migrant civil society, labor advocacy, and international relations.

    This project will examine the importance of U.S.-based civil society for promoting a more active stance of labor enforcement agencies and evaluate the local implementation of the agreement between the Department of Labor (DOL) and Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Relations (SRE) to promote labor rights standards enforcement across 50 cities in the United States. We seek to demonstrate how labor unions and other worker centers have worked to hold U.S. labor standards enforcement agencies accountable by simultaneously pressuring the Mexican government to play a more pro-active role in advocating for the rights of its citizens in the U.S, specifically through their representation and involvement in the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME by its acronym in Spanish).

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    I don't have any special requirements but I would like to have a student interested in conducting face to face interviews and analyzing survey data. I prefer students with computing literacy skills including excel spreadsheets. Basic knowledge of SPSS is a plus but is not absolutely necessary. Students who are proficient in Spanish language would be ideal. Preferred majors are: Communication, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, Latin American and Latino Studies, Gender and Women Studies, History, and Economics.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    I would like the student to attend labor rights workshops offered by several independent worker centers in the city, conduct interviews, perform transcriptions, and analyze the data he/she collects during the summer. The student will be able to design his/her own research project related to civic engagement in labor advocacy in Illinois and present preliminary results at the UIC undergraduate research forum.

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