Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2018

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Christina Sue

Second Advisor

Amy Wilkins

Third Advisor

Robert Buffington

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In this paper, I explore how women perceive social support and find resources via networks. I focus on the experiences of Mexican migrant women and the ways they develop a sense of community and a system of support after migrating to the United States. To understand what may be unique to the experiences of Mexican migrant women, I included a comparison group of U.S.-born white women. My findings highlight three main aspects of social networks: the importance of family ties, the different ways community is described depending on their identities and backgrounds, and how gender influences and shapes the social networks of both Mexican and U.S.-born women. These comparative findings also provide insights into the different ways women perceive support, particularly in relation to how racial identities and their own lived experiences inform the makeup of their social networks.