Resources & Materials
The SUCCESS Convening proceedings and the webinars, presentations, and toolkits produced as part of the workshops will be disseminated via the Higher Ed Immigration Portal, which will be used to generate sustained communities of practice for campuses to engage, network, and learn.
Core to the Portal’s mission is to provide stakeholders with the information and tools they need to support immigration policies that expand access to higher education, degree completion, and postgraduate career success.
Below you can find the recordings and resources that were shared and developed for the convening.
Friday March 25th
Listen to the spectrum of college and career supports available for undocumented students at the institutions participating in the SUCCESS convening. Receive key takeaways from the State of Play survey data, identify areas of strengths among institutions, and ensure student voices are centered to help ground us in the progression of building institutional change.
Explore the administrative and legislative paths now before us during these uncertain times for DACA, DREAM legislation, and immigration reform. Three national immigration reform leaders share their perspectives: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistant Secretary Eva Millona, a long-time immigrants rights leader and now an essential government official working from within; Ali Noorani, President and CEO of the National Immigration Forum, known for his forward-looking strategies and ability to bring diverse groups together; and Gaby Pacheco, a renowned advocate for undocumented students and leader at TheDream.US.
Saturday March 26th
Breaking Financial Barriers
Gain insight to funding issues and financial obstacles for undocumented students, including insights into meeting students’ actual educational costs.
- Generating Institutional Funding to Support Undocumented Students Presentation
Explore the challenges facing students without work authorization who seek paid college internships and fellowships and explore existent solutions. Answer the questions: How can students search for and successfully access paid co-curricular opportunities? How can colleges and universities develop such opportunities on their campuses?
- Career Pathways for Undocumented Students – For Colleges
- Career Services Practioners Fact Sheet March 2022
- SUCCESS Accessing Funding Opportunities Presentation
- TheDream.US DACA and TPS Holders Job Seeker Fact Sheet
- TheDream.US Employment Guide for DACA and TPS Holders
Legal councilors, administrators, and students share successful initiatives and tips for legal considerations that govern institutional development of non-employment-based funding opportunities.
- RISE Fellowship Information – Pilot Program Fall 2021
- FAQ on Experiential and Funding Opportunities for Undocumented Students
- CTLE NEBO Presentation (Dominican University)
- Income Generation Options for Undocumented Students Toolkit
- UCLA Labor Center – Dream Summer Fellowship
- Fellowships and Other Non-Employment Based Opportunities for Undocumented Students
Discover pathways for undocumented students with and without DACA to find financial stability via entrepreneurial ventures and pursuing the #undocuhustle. Hear from undocumented entrepreneurs who have substantial experience and will share their career pathways and resources available to students, including worker coops, starting your business and working for yourself. Furthermore, it’ll be informative for campus staff and students hoping to develop resources for students post-graduation and pursuing a career regardless of their immigration status.
Graduate school is an increasingly necessary step for professional and economic development. Listen to experts share promising practices addressing barriers undocumented students face in accessing, funding, and completing graduate or professional school.
Listen to speakers discuss the role policymakers, students, advocates, and institutions can play in expanding access to professional and occupational licensure to all state residents, regardless of their immigration status.
- One Way Maryland Can Better Support Undocumented Students in Higher Education (New America).
- Public Policy Student’s Blog Post Spurs Maryland Legislative Action (Maryland today)
- Young undocumented immigrants in Maryland can’t grow up to be whatever they want. This graduate student is trying to change that (Washington Post)
- Post-Graduate Opportunities for Undocumented Individuals: State Policies Professional & Occupational Licensure (Higher Education Portal)
Thriving in the Academy Sessions
Identify key elements of institutional leadership, including the support structures needed to ensure a welcoming, supportive campus for undocumented students. Campus and organizational leaders and students share their perspectives, with a focus on tips, lessons learned, and the importance of collaboration within and across campuses.
Students shared their pathways to higher education, what they found helpful along their journey and the many missing pieces they wish they had access to when going to college with their various immigration backgrounds.
Key Take aways:
- Students don’t learn how to advocate for themselves right away. They start to develop a story of resilience. It is important for students to learn to be open enough with their status but not to be exposed. Even if a students is not ready to be a student advocate one can build up to it by networking. It is empowering to connect with student groups that share your struggles. Connecting with a fellow undoucmented student is powerful because one starts to create a community.
- Getting information is a big obstacle – Universities do not always make it easy for students to find resources. Therefore sharing information and resources is important, especially because it can be scattered.
Listen to the unique experiences that UndocuEducators navigate at colleges and universities across the nation. UndocuEducators are individuals who are currently or formerly undocumented or in the process of adjusting their legal status and work in higher education. Panelists from California, Illinois and New York will highlight a variety of promising practices they have developed on their campus or organization and seek to replicate; address challenges in being directly impacted by immigration policies while serving undocumented students; and provide suggestions about how institutions can better support the hiring, retention, and success of UndocuEducators.
Listen to New York Times-bestselling memoirist Qian Julie Wang and Roberto G. Gonzales, renowned sociologist and director of the newly-formed Penn Migration Initiative, for a night of readings and dialogue on living undocumented in America. Wang shares personal experiences as an undocumented immigrant navigating higher education, as chronicled in her memoir, Beautiful Country, as well as her current work as a civil rights attorney. Gonzales will reflect on his ground-breaking study Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America, as well as more recent scholarship on the impacts of DACA. The authors will reflect on the implications of their work for higher education and career equity, including how campus practices must evolve to address a contemporary policy context in which fewer than half of all undocumented students in higher education are DACA-eligible or DACA recipients. Their discussion will be moderated by Salvador Rangel, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Swarthmore College, who originally came to the U.S. as an undocumented labor migrant.
Sunday March 27th
Campus, State and Federal Advocacy Session
To close our convening, we focused on our next steps–the advocacy and actions we can take at the institutional, state, and federal levels.