Undocumented Student Supports

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The California Community Colleges Dreamers Project report provided a landscape analysis that discusses the state of undocumented students at California Community Colleges. The survey and regional meetings findings showed that there are six main categories of challenges related to colleges serving undocumented students, including:

  1. Inadequate ability to outreach to documented students and protect student data
  2. Insufficient institutional support/campus-wide trainings
  3. Need for dedicated stakeholders, staff, and space at each campus
  4. Need for better access to financial support
  5. Need for increased student engagement and direct services to increase student retention
  6. Need for definitive guidance from the Chancellor's Office

As such, the report has served as a road map to help bridge the equity gaps that were identified and guide subsequent work to support this vulnerable population. Following the release of the Dreamers Project, Vice-Chancellor Daisy Gonzales secured funding to create a learning module for the Vision Resource Center that directly addressed recommendations two and six.

Through the Dreamers Project, educators and students overwhelmingly identified the need for access to free or low cost reputable legal service providers. Through a partnership with the Department of Social Services, the Foundation and the Chancellor’s Office are directly addressing that recommendation by partnering with nine trusted legal service organization with 65 host colleges serving ALL students across the state.

Given the rhetoric at the national level surrounding immigration, we know now more than ever that we must continue to uphold California’s values and offer clear pathways and resources for undocumented students to attain their educational goals. It is imperative that our students know that our campuses remain accessible and open to serving all students equally regardless of their immigration status. 

Dreamers Project Final Report

The California Community Colleges Dreamers Project culminated in a final report, titled ‘Strengthening Institutional Practices To Support Undocumented Student Success.’ The complete report discusses the state of undocumented students at California Community Colleges, incorporating findings from a landscape analysis to identify shared challenges in serving this vulnerable population. Recommendations about how to better serve undocumented students, paired with promising practices already underway, are provided for implementation at the individual, group, and institutional levels for systemic change that benefits California.

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Supporting Undocumented Students Learning Module

The Supporting Undocumented Students learning module provides an overview of the needs of undocumented students, with information that can empower every individual in our system to become an advocate for this student population. Additionally, the module provides a common understanding of undocumented students in our system and promising practices for supporting them. Users can access the Supporting Undocumented Students module once they are logged in to the Vision Resource Center >

Immigration Legal Services Project

The Community College Legal Services Project provides free immigration legal services, including education and outreach services for undocumented students, staff, and faculty on California community college campuses. For more information on the Legal Services Project, visit the Chancellor's Office website >

Undocumented Student Action Week

Serving the largest number of undocumented students in the state, California Community Colleges are committed to serving all students, regardless of immigration status. Action Week is a systemwide campaign to advocate and provide support resources for our undocumented student population. During the week, California’s community colleges are encouraged to engage in advocacy and support efforts in solidarity with undocumented students throughout the state. The Chancellor’s Office and the BOG passed a resolution in September 2019, declaring that Action Week would be held the third week in October.

Undocumented Student Action Week (USAW) is supported statewide by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the Community College League of California, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, Immigrants Rising, and the Student Senate for California Community Colleges. 

Materials and information regarding 2019 undocumented student action week be can be found by the Community College League of California website

Contact Us

Iris Aguilar
Senior Director, Equity and Community Impact
T: 916.325.1858
E: iaguilar@foundationccc.org


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