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Undocumented Students Action Week, Oct. 14-18

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October 10, 2019 - 02:05 PM

Mt. San Antonio College joins community colleges across the state for Undocumented Student Action Week, October 14-18, 2019, to advocate and provide support services for undocumented students. Since President Trump’s 2017 announcement to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the status and safety of undocumented students on college campuses has been uncertain. Lack of action by Congress on DACA and American Dream and Promise Act (H.R.6), as well as recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids and detentions, have  exasperated the problem, causing fear among undocumented student population.

“This is second year we have done Action Week,” explained Eric Lara, Associate Dean of Student Success & Eric LaraEquity. “We realized that we must bring awareness to the entire campus as part of the mission to show our undocumented students that they are supported and protected. We have hired the first DREAM Director in the entire state, showing Mt. SAC’s 100% commitment to every one of our students.”  

As the nation’s largest post-secondary education system in the nation, and serving the largest number of undocumented students within the state, California Community Colleges have committed to serving all students, regardless of immigration status. Undocumented young people that pursue education  generally advance more quickly in their careers, and have better economic opportunities available to them.

Dr. William ScrogginsMt. SAC President Dr. William Scroggins offered his “full support for undocumented students enrolled at the College, including potential students and their families.” He said that Mt. SAC strives to provide “an engaging and supportive teaching and learning environment for students of diverse origins, experiences, needs, abilities and goals.”

This year’s action week serves as an opportunity to highlight the challenges undocumented students face in today’s current climate. It also serves as legislative advocacy, as a message to Congress to take immediate action on important federal policies and providing resources to better assist undocumented students on college campuses. Undocumented Student Action Week is supported statewide by California Community Colleges, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, the Community College League of California, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, and Immigrants Rising.

Below is a schedule of events that will be held next week at Mt. SAC:students join hands

Monday, October 14
DREAM Program Luncheon
12:00pm – 4:00 p.m.
Equity Center (16E) Conference Room (1171)
Attendees will learn about events happening during the week, sign up for future ally trainings, learn about the work that the DREAM Program does and network with other campus community members and students.

 

Tuesday, October 15
Waking Dream – Free Film Screening
4:00pm – 6:00pm
DTC (Building 13) – 1700 Auditorium
 Join us for a free film screening about the impact that the DACA program’s rescission has had on DACA recipients and their families and friends. A panel discussion with the filmmaker will follow. Watch the first part of Waking Dream below.
 
 
Wednesday, October 16
Know Your Rights Presentation and Updates on Public Charge and DACA
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Equity Center (16E) Conference Room (1171)
Attorney Lizbeth Mateo will present on the rights of individuals when interacting with immigration and law enforcement agents. The attorney will provide updates regarding the status of the DACA program and details about changes in the public charge rule.
 
Thursday, October 17
CSU/UC/Private University – Transfer Admissions Application Workshop
12:30pm – 2:30pm
Equity Center (16E) Computer Lab
 In collaboration with the Transfer Center, the DREAM Program will host a workshop to support our students who are interested in transferring to a four-year university. Special support will be given to help navigate the transfer process as an undocumented/AB 540/DACA student. 
 
Friday, October 18
DREAM Program Students Visit Cal Poly Pomona
10:00am – 2:00pm
Contact the DREAM Program to Sign Up
In collaboration with the Bronco’s Dreamers Resource Center at Cal Poly Pomona, DREAM Program students will visit Cal Poly Pomona to learn about the unique resources and support systems that exist for undocumented students.

 

For more information visit the Undocumented Action Week website.