ARC Seminar: Tatyana Kleyn: Transborder Children and Youth (Back) in Mexico

NOV 16, 2017 | 4:30 PM TO 6:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




November 16, 2017: 4:30 PM-6:30 PM





Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC)


ARC Seminar: Tatyana Kleyn: Transborder Children and Youth (Back) in Mexico: Learning from the Experiences of US-born and Raised Students

In the last five years one million Mexicans-Americans residing in the US have returned to Mexico, including children and youth who were born or raised in the US. This presentation will begin with the screening of the 30-minute film "Una Vida, Dos Países [One Life, Two Countries]: Children and Youth (Back) in Mexico." It presents the stories of these transborder youth, highlighting their experiences living between two countries, cultures, languages and education systems, and exploring their parents’ decisions to return to their home country after living undocumented in the US. The topics of languaging across and within US and Mexican borders will be discussed, with a focus on the home, community and school settings. The ways schooling in both nations supports and/or suppresses students’ linguistic repertoires will be discussed and implications for educational practices and local and transnational policies will follow.

Tatyana Kleyn is associate professor and director of the Bilingual Education and TESOL programs at the City College of New York. She has an Ed.D. in international educational development at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She received the early career award for the Bilingual Research SIG for the American Educational Research Association.  For 2014-15 Tatyana served as president of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education and a Fulbright Scholar in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Tatyana is author of “Immigration: The Ultimate Teen Guide,” co-author of “Teaching in Two Languages: A Guide for K-12 Bilingual Educators” (with Reyes) and co-editor of “Translanguaging with Multilingual Learners: Learning from Classroom Moments” (with García).  She is the director and co-producer of the documentaries “Living Undocumented: High School, College and Beyond” and “Una Vida, Dos Países [One Life, Two Countries]: Children and Youth (Back) in Mexico.”  She was an elementary school teacher in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and Atlanta, Georgia.  ​