Date of Defense



Gender and Women's Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Gwen Raaberg

Second Advisor

Dr. Irma Lopez

Third Advisor

Dr. Eileen Stryker


The use of Hispanic migrant workers for industrial and agricultural production has existed in the United States at least since the turn of the century. Many of these migrant workers "settle out," obtaining permanent employment and residence in areas where they previously worked as migrants. This study focuses on issues faced by Hispanic migrant women in the process of settling out. The main theme of the study is the empowerment of Hispanic women to create positive change in their lives when they chose to leave the migrant stream, become trained in specific job skills and employed in permanent positions. This idea is explored through the multiple perspectives of the disciplines of Organizational Communication, Women's Studies and Spanish. Through the analysis of available data, program recommendations are made and future research is suggested.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only