(1) Maintain respect.
Being undocumented is an immense burden and psychological stress factor - an undocumented individual and their family are at constant risk of being expelled from their home country. Being undocumented means not having access to many state or federal resources that everybody else may take for granted. Be mindful of your questions and keep in mind that asking about one's immigration status can be very intrusive and threatening.
(2) Inform yourself.
There are many ways to learn about the challenges that undocumented students face on and off campus - you can look through our web-based resources to learn more, attend an Undocupeers training, or ask a student who has been open to you about their immigration status.
(3) Recognize the barriers to education.
Only 5-10% of undocumented youth ever enroll in college - in comparison, the overall percentage of students enrolling in college in the fall immediately after high school was nearly 70% in 2014 (NCES, 2015). In part, this is because no federal or state financial aid or loans are available for undocumented students in Colorado, and even private loans are almost impossible to obtain. You can be an effective ally to undocumented students by openly addressing the need to make higher education equally accessible for all.
(4) Show your support.
A simple sign in your office - such as the one available on this page - can show an undocumented student that they are in a safe space. Also, when reviewing on- and off-campus support programs and organizations, be sure to include groups and events that serve the specific needs of undocumented individuals. (Look through this page for a sample of such organizations.)
This training and workshop is a 4-hour program intended to raise awareness and educate about the realities, challenges, and resources available to undocumented students nationwide and on the MSU campus. UndocuPeers intends to provide information to begin or continue conversations on how to better support and work alongside undocumented students. It is centered on professional development and provides an opportunity to hear from an underrepresented student population whose voice often goes unheard.
If you, your department/program, or your staff would like to attend the training, please look on this website for available dates or directly contact the Coordinator of the Immigrant Services Program, Gregor Mieder, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2018 Undocupeers Training: February 16, 2018
For registration, please return to this page for a sign-up link in the near future
MSU Denver DREAMer Resource Guide
This guide was created by MSU Denver DREAMer Network. It will help faculty and staff to understand better and support undocumented and DACA students.
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A Gude for Educators and School Support Staff
This guide was created by TEACHING TOLERANCE: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. It contains valuable information for educators, staff, and people around undocumented and refugee students.
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