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About SUCCESS Convening 2024

Supporting Dreamers’ College & Career Equity: Strategies for Success

Purpose:

Convene campus leaders, practitioners, and directly impacted individuals from public and private colleges and universities across the country, together with policy experts and national advocates for the second SUCCESS national conference. This convening will focus on promoting equitable access to career development  in college as well as post-graduation pathways for undocumented students, regardless of immigration status.

Objectives

  • Create a three-tier approach to learning that includes elevation of promising practices, learning from directly impacted communities, and workshops that develop tangible action steps for effective implementation.
  • Accelerate networking and increase institutional capacity among participating public and private campuses
  • Designate time and space for participants to deeply engage in conversations about developing career opportunities, pre and post graduation 

Outcomes: 

  • Equip practitioners, administrators and directly impacted individuals with updated effective practices, tools, and resources to support undocumented students’ educational and career outcomes. 
  • Create a sustainable network of practitioners, administrators and directly impacted individuals who are actively working on career development and post-graduation pathways for undocumented students, regardless of immigration status  
  • Participants will be more aware of and better able to help students develop an entrepreneurial mindset

Need:

Over 400,000 students in U.S. higher education are undocumented and do not have a pathway to citizenship.  Less than half of all undocumented students in higher education benefit from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or are eligible for DACA – which grants undocumented individuals who came to the US as children (also known as Dreamers) temporary protection from deportation and allows them to work legally.  Of the 100,000 undocumented students graduating from U.S. high schools annually, the majority have no protection from deportation and no legal ability to work in this country.

Without a path to legal status these students face many immigration-related barriers to higher education and careers, due to federal, state, and institutional policies that limit their access to higher education, paths to degree completion, and career prospects. These barriers deprive undocumented students of the ability to secure their futures here in the U.S. and deprive the U.S. of these students’ much-needed contributions, talent, and leadership.

Participants: 

We anticipate approximately 200-225 participants from 60+ public and private institutions, including community colleges, liberal arts colleges, public and private research universities, faith-based institutions, HBCUs, HSIs, MSIs, and more. 

We encourage groups and/or individuals from colleges, universities and organizations who are committed to advancing educational and career development opportunities for undocumented students. To maximize impact individuals who work in the following areas should attend as a team:

  • Undocumented Student Support
  • Career Services
  • Graduate and Professional Schools
  • Student Affairs & Academic Affairs
  • Financial Aid
  • Entrepreneurship Centers/Business Programs
  • Immigration services 
  • General Counsels
  • Policy & Education Organizations 

Co-Host, Funders, Sponsors & Participating Institutions 2024

Host Partners in the Convening: The three organizational co-hosts for this convening represent the leading organizations supporting undocumented students in higher education.

Co-Hosts:

Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

Co-Host

The nonpartisan, nonprofit Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration brings college and university presidents and chancellors together on the immigration issues that impact higher education, our students, campuses, communities and nation. We work to advance just, forward-looking immigration policies and practices at the federal, state, and campus levels that are consistent with our heritage as a nation of immigrants and the academic values of equity and openness. The Alliance is composed of over 500 presidents and chancellors of public and private colleges and universities, enrolling over five million students in 43 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The Alliance also leads and directs the Higher Ed Immigration Portal, and TheDream.US and Immigrants Rising are partners in the Portal.

TheDream.US

Co-Host

The nation’s largest college and career success program for immigrant youth, TheDream.US has provided more than 7,500 college scholarships to DREAMers attending over 75 partner colleges in 19 states and Washington, DC. This work is grounded in the belief that all young Americans, regardless of where they were born, should have the opportunity to get a college education and pursue a meaningful career that contributes to our country’s future.

Immigrants Rising

Co-Host

Immigrants Rising empowers undocumented students to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation. For more than a decade and a half, Immigrants Rising has also partnered with postsecondary institutions to develop actionable guidance and produced varied resources for undocumented students and educators alike. Through its Catalyst Fund initiative, Immigrants Rising partners with 32 colleges and universities across California to provide grant funds, capacity building, and technical assistance for campus-based educators. Immigrants Rising’s ongoing commitment is to work toward fostering sustainable policies, practices, and procedures which can lead to transformational institutional change in support of undocumented students.

RICE University

Co-Host

Rice University

Sponsors:

FWD.us

Sponsor

FWD.us is a bipartisan team of political campaigners spanning the fields of policy, advocacy, and technology working to create a stronger America.

Funders:

Mellon Foundation

Funder

 

The Kresge Foundation

Funder

 

Anonymous (1)

Funder