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The Higher Ed Immigration Portal brings together a diverse set of partners in the higher education and immigration fields to help collect, analyze, and develop resources for the site. We would like to thank the partners listed below.

We welcome new partners, including at the local and state levels. To schedule a conversation or find out more, please contact the Director, Felecia Russell at felecia@presidentsalliance.org


  • American Immigration Council. The Council works to strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration and by working toward a more fair and just immigration system. The Council is a key source and partner for data estimates and original analyses for the Portal.
  • Breakthrough Central Texas. Creates a path to and through college for students who will become the first in their families to earn a college degree. For more than 20 years, they have partnered with thousands of middle, high school, and postsecondary students and their families. They make a radical, long-term commitment to students, to and through college, unlocking the power of education and a lifetime of opportunity. Starting in middle school, Breakthrough provides extended learning, personal advising, and leadership experiences through the entire phase of a student’s schooling.
  • Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP). CLASP is nationally known for its varied policy analyses and advocacy in support of low income and immigrant populations. CLASP is a partner to the Portal, sharing its national policy analyses and best practice reports.
  • College Track. College Track recruits students from underserved communities and works continuously with them from the summer before ninth grade through college graduation. Our ten-year program removes the barriers that prevent students from earning their college degree by providing them with comprehensive academic support, leadership training, financial and college advising, and scholarships. We teach our students the skills necessary to succeed in college and beyond.
  • Community Sponsorship Hub (CSH). CSH is dedicated to growing the role of communities in the protection, resettlement, and integration of refugees and other forcibly displaced people. Mobilizing civil society, and the public, private, and philanthropic sectors, and empowering them with resources and access, they shape and coordinate a community sponsorship system that leverages the power of welcoming Americans.
  • Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC). ECDC was founded in 1983 and has been a national resettlement agency since 1991, having resettled more than 76,200 individuals. ECDC has a network of 25 sites for resettlement and placement and two community partners. These include ECDC’s branch offices and independent, Community-Based Organization (CBO) affiliates. ECDC is the only national resettlement agency founded by an African and is committed to empowering a network of organizations that are founded and/or led by former refugees and immigrants. ECDC envisions a world where human rights are upheld, and people have an opportunity to live up to their full potential in safe and inclusive communities that respond effectively and fairly to the concerns and needs of their members. To work towards this vision, ECDC implements its mission of resettling and assisting refugees and immigrants to lead a life of dignity, attain self-sufficiency, and integrate successfully into their new communities in the U.S. while promoting education and equitable access to resources, opportunities, and services in Africa.
  • Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR). In response to Pope Francis’ call on every European parish to host one refugee family, ECAR was founded at Guilford College by Dr. Diya Abdo in September of 2015 and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 2017. Their mission is to call on every college and university in the world to partner with their local refugee resettlement agencies to host refugees on campus grounds and assist them in resettlement. The idea is that university and college campuses have everything necessary – housing, food, care, skills – to take in refugees and support them as they begin their lives in their new homes. Since then, ECAR Chapters are now scattered across the United States and have hosted hundreds of refugees since.
  • First Gen Empower. First Gen Empower (FGE) addresses educational inequity by providing crucial support to first-generation, low-income, and undocumented students, as well as educational institutions, including UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, USC, Suffolk University, and others.
  • FWD.us. FWD.us is a leader in immigration advocacy, resources, and communications. It is a partner on state policy tracking and policy analysis.
  • Institute of International Education (IIE). For over a century, the IIE) has been the global leader in international education. IIE’s mission is to advance scholarship, build economies, and promote access to opportunity. IIE partners with governments, universities, foundations, and corporations to design and implement higher education and training programs to help students, professionals, and organizations thrive in today’s interconnected world. They are committed to providing access to education for underserved populations, including refugees and displaced people, students with disabilities, and students with limited financial resources. IIE is a global organization with offices around the world, including five offices in the United States, and a robust network of 1,600 higher education institutions globally. They administer many of the world’s preeminent scholarship and fellowship programs, including programs on behalf of the U.S. Government such as OpenDoors, the Fulbright Student and Scholar Programs, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), and the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, as well as foundation- and corporation-sponsored programs like the Ford Foundation Global Fellowship, the Cargill Global Scholars Program and the Sony Global Scholars Program. Annually, they design and manage over 200 programs with more than 29,000 participants from 180 countries, and they count over 100 Nobel Prize winners among our esteemed trustees and alumni.
  • Immigrants Rising. Immigrants Rising empowers undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation. It is a partner on campus resources and effective practices for the Portal.  
  • Immigration Research Initiative. Immigration Research Initiative is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank on immigrant integration, looking at issues of economic, social, and cultural inclusion of immigrants in the United States. IRI is attentive to how immigrants fare in the United States and to how the receiving communities fare as they change, with particular attention to the implications for race, gender, and income equity.
  • ImmSchools. ImmSchools is an immigrant-led national nonprofit that ensures safe and inclusive K-12 schools for the 5 million students who are undocumented or living in a “mixed-status” household with at least 1 undocumented parent. They carry out their mission by partnering with K-12 educators, school districts, community leaders, and students and families around the country.
  • Immigrant Well Being Scholar Collaborative. The Im/migrant Well-Being Scholar Collaborative is a network of researchers, centers, and institutes working together to translate research on the lived experiences of im/migrants and their communities for impact in national policymaking. Elevating research on the social, emotional, relational, economic, psychological, and physical well-being of im/migrants explicitly addresses the needs of peoples excluded in contemporary empirical and policy-making approaches and benefits everyone.
  • Informed Immigrant. The Informed Immigrant website provides undocumented immigrants with the knowledge and resources they need to feel prepared in an unpredictable political and enforcement environment. It is a partner on campus and student resources.
  • National College Attainment Network (NCAN). NCAN is a nonprofit membership and advocacy association. Our mission is to build, strengthen, and empower communities and stakeholders to close equity gaps in postsecondary attainment for all students. NCAN’s 600 member organizations across the U.S. help nearly two million first generation, low-income students annually prepare for, apply to, and succeed in college.
  • One Refugee. One Refugee (1R) assists individuals from refugee backgrounds in Utah and Idaho to access postsecondary education and a professional career. 1R provides academic mentoring, professional development support, and financial resources to 300+ scholars a year.
  • Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. The non-partisan, nonprofit Presidents’ Alliance brings college and university presidents and chancellors together on the immigration issues that impact higher education, our students, campuses, communities and nation. The Presidents’ Alliance manages the Portal, and provides resources, research, policy briefs, narratives, and analyses. 
  • Pre-Health Dreamers. Pre-Health Dreamers promotes a culture of inclusion in higher education and healthcare by working with institutions to establish equitable holistic support and processes for undocumented communities. They serve as a partner for the portal on resources available to undocumented students pursuing health-related professional programs.
  • Refugee Advocacy Lab. The Refugee Advocacy Lab is an initiative housed at Refugees International and co-founded with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), International Rescue Committee (IRC), and Refugee Congress. The Lab’s mission is to grow the movement for U.S. leadership on refugee protection and inclusion. Centered in the perspective and leadership of displaced people themselves, they support the advocacy community by developing strategic communications resources, championing inclusive policies, and building capacity for the field.
  • Research for Action (RFA). RFA is nationally known for its timely and impactful research on a range of state- and institutional-level postsecondary policies and practices. RFA is a research partner for the Portal’s state-level policy tracking and analysis.
  • Social Finance. Social Finance is a national impact finance and advisory nonprofit focused on building innovative partnerships that realign systems to measurably improve lives. Since 2011, we have mobilized $350 million in new investments designed to help over 40,000 individuals realize improved outcomes in education, economic mobility, health, and housing. Since 2021, Social Finance has been managing the Dreamers Graduate Loan Program. The program removes barriers for Dreamers with DACA or TPS status to finance their graduate school education in a financially sustainable way. The loan does not require a cosigner or a minimum credit score, and it provides financing for Dreamers at an interest rate based on the Federal Grad PLUS loan program.
  • Switchboard. Switchboard is a one-stop resource hub for refugee service providers in the United States. Switchboard provides tools, learning opportunities, research, and technical assistance covering a range of topics related to the newcomer experience.
  • Teach for America. Teach For America is a leadership development organization for those who want to co-create a more just world alongside young people in their communities. Today we are a network of nearly 70,000 leaders who started in the classroom and remain in lifelong pursuit of the vision that one day, all children will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
  • TeenSHARP. TeenSHARP is a national non-profit organization that prepares talented Black, Latino and low-income students for top colleges and community-centered leadership. TeenSHARP is working towards the vision that one day the diversity of those occupying our nation’s highly-skilled jobs and highest leadership positions will be as rich as the diversity of our population.
  • TheDream.US. TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and support program for undocumented students. It serves as a partner for student and graduate narratives and effective practices for supporting undocumented students’ college and career success.
  • UndocuBlack Network. Founded in January 2016 the UndocuBlack Network is a multi-generational network of currently and formerly undocumented Black people. The organization fosters community, facilitates access to resources, and advocates to transform the realities of Black immigrants, so we are thriving and living our fullest lives.
  • UndocuScholars. UndocuScholars, based at UCLA, provides cross-campus, nationally oriented research and activities in support of undocumented students. UndocuScholars is a partner on research and effective practices on undocumented students in higher education.
  • University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM). UARRM’s focus is on increasing educational access and equity for refugees and other at-risk migrants. It is a partner for data, research, narratives, and state and institutional-level best practices related to supporting refugee student access to and success in higher education.
  • Upwardly Global. Upwardly Global offers a comprehensive suite of workforce services designed to support educational institutions in advancing immigrant and refugee inclusion in the American workforce. Through partnership, educational institutions gain access to tailored training, resources, and technical assistance aimed at addressing the unique challenges faced by internationally trained professionals. Upwardly Global’s Learning Management System provides a wealth of industry-specific pathways and modules to equip these individuals with the skills and knowledge needed for success. Additionally, partners benefit from professional development opportunities for job coaches and hands-on support to establish or enhance their educational institution’s capacity to serve immigrant populations. By partnering with Upwardly Global, educational institutions can empower their students to fulfill their potential, while fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce.
  • Welcome.US. Welcome Campus Network amplifies the work of colleges and universities in welcoming and supporting newcomers seeking safety from across the globe. Through the PRM-funded Supporting Higher Education in Refugee Resettlement program (SHERR: https://www.worldlearning.org/program/supporting-higher-education-in-refugee-resettlement/), Welcome Campus Network members can expect to benefit from tools, training, and other resources.
  • World Education Services. WES is a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to helping international students, immigrants, and refugees achieve their educational and professional goals in the U.S. and Canada. WES and IMPRINT is a contributor to the Portal, providing policy information on professional and occupational licensure and other resources.
  • World Learning. World Learning leads the Supporting Higher Education in Refugee Resettlement program, which aims to bring U.S. colleges and universities more deeply into the refugee resettlement process. Through an innovative collaboration with key refugee resettlement partners, this program builds the capacity of higher education institutions to directly support refugee resettlement efforts.
  • WUSC. WUSC is a leading Canadian international development organization working to create a better world for all young people, with a particular focus on women and refugees. They bring together a diverse network of students, volunteers, schools, governments, and businesses who share this vision.

Foundations & Funders

The Higher Education Immigration Portal is a project of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and its partners. We are immensely grateful to the funders who believe in the promise of higher education leaders and institutions coming together to support undocumented, immigrant, refugee, and international students. The following foundations and funders have supported the Portal and play a key role in propelling its success: 

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Anonymous Donor
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Open Society Foundations
Open Society Policy Center    
The Kresge Foundation

Additional Data & Policy Sources

  • Migration Policy Institute (MPI). The nonpartisan MPI serves as the primary source for data estimates on immigrant-origin student populations. The data includes Presidents’ Alliance commissioned research on immigrant-origin student populations in higher education by state and on the number of undocumented students graduating U.S. high schools annually. 
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators. NAFSA is the largest association of international educators. NAFSA serves as a key source for international student data, including the economic contributions of international students, as well as policy analysis.
  • Open Doors. Open Doors/IIE is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and serves as a key source for international student data.