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The Higher Ed Immigration Portal serves as a vital source of information to help inform campuses of the different innovative and effective practices that support the access and success of immigrant students in higher education.  

Marisela Hernandez and Nancy Jodaitis recently published a brief titled How Can We Transform the Educational Experiences of Undocumented Students for USC’s Race and Equity Center. The brief is centered around transforming the educational experience specifically for undocumented students at California Community Colleges. Readers are provided with clear recommendations that can be implemented at the individual, group, institutional, and systemic levels. It also provides an overview of undocumented students, recognition of the advocacy that brought us to today, and critical structural changes that have taken place within the last 10 years. 

The brief provides an overview of the laws and policies that students and practitioners have tirelessly advocated for since the early 2000s that opened many academic doors for undocumented students in the state of California. It also uplifts the narratives of undocumented students that showcase the different challenges and opportunities they have had to navigate in higher education. Although this brief is focused on creating change in California, many of its recommendations are applicable and adaptable to campuses in other states.

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