Amiguía Americana is primarily addressing the needs and interests of immigrant youth. We have also found that our resources are helpful for non-immigrant youth to play and learn about the immigrant experience in the United States. As such, we have constructed a list of resource to consider using, based on experiencing in our college-level classrooms.
This page was first created to accompany the 2021 Games for Change presentation on “The Role of Play in Multimodal Learning on U.S. Immigration” – video below.
Special thanks to Torrie Hester, Ph.D., and Kate Moran, Ph.D., (Saint Louis University) and Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D. (Melissa Institute) for your contributions to this list which have been used in courses at Saint Louis University, DePaul University, University of Miami, and beyond.
- “Rising Child Migration to the United States,” migrationpolicy.org, https://www.migrationpolicy.org/programs/us-immigration-policy-program/rising-child-migration-united-states
- Patrisia Macías-Rojas, From Deportation to Prison: The Politics of Immigration Enforcement in Post-Civil Rights America (New York: NYU Press, 2016).
- Rachel Becker Herbst et al., “‘They Were Going to Kill Me’: Resilience in Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors,” The Counseling Psychologist 46, no. 2 (February 1, 2018): 241–68, https://doi.org/10.1177/0011000018759769.
- Etiony Aldarondo and Rachel Becker, “Promoting the Well-Being of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors,” in Creating Infrastructures for Latino Mental Health, ed. Lydia P. Buki and Lissette M. Piedra (New York, NY: Springer, 2011), 195–214, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9452-3_10.
- Etiony Aldarondo & E. Ameen, “The Immigration Kaleidoscope: Knowing the Immigrant Family Next Door.” in B. Risman (Ed.), Families as They Really Are. (New York, NY: Norton, 2010.)
- Philip E. Wolgin and Angela Maria Kelley, “5 Things You Need to Know About Unaccompanied Children,” Center for American Progress, June 18, 2014, https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/immigration/news/2014/06/18/92056/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-the-unaccompanied-minors-crisis/.
- Collier, L. (2015, March). Helping immigrant children heal: Psychologists are working to help undocumented immigrant children recover from trauma and deal with the uncertainties of their lives. Monitor on Psychology, 46(3). Retrieved from https://www.apa.org/monitor/2015/03/immigrant-children
- Toma el Paso (Make a Move) game informing on the immigrant youth shelter release process.
- Latino Americans | Episode 4: The New Latinos, accessed February 7, 2021, https://www.pbs.org/video/latino-americans-episode-4-new-latinos/.
Case studies for immigration (games) in the classroom
- “Play to Learn: Through Collaboration, Students Gain Insight into Immigration System via Game” (Saint Louis University, May 2020)