Building and Assessing an Undocumented Student Support Network on Your Campus (EDU188N)

Presented By: Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez
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Learn How to Build a Campus-Wide Support System for Undocumented Students

In these uncertain political times, undocumented students need a visible support system on their college campus that is able to meet their unique set of needs. While campus climates vary, undocumented student allies truly committed to achieving equity and inclusion for all students can take steps, big and small, to ensure their campus is an accessible, safe, and productive space for all students. The relevant literature indicates that undocumented students rely heavily on campus-based peers, staff, faculty, student organizations, programs, and other resources for guidance, information, and support as they apply to, attend, and make decisions about what to do after college (Chen, 2013). However, undocumented students will only seek and receive this guidance if they feel safe enough to disclose their undocumented status to those they view as campus allies (Munoz, 2016). When undocumented students do not see visible allies or perceive that their college campus is an unsafe space to reveal their status and seek support, they are less likely to be informed about the resources and opportunities available to them and consequently, less likely to persist in college (Abrego, 2011).

In this session, expert speaker Paz Oliverez will provide you proven strategies for building a campus-wide network to support undocumented students, as well as tools you can use to measure existing efforts and develop an action plan for delivery of programs and services.

In this session, Paz will provide you with an opportunity to gain a better understanding of steps you can take to ensure that undocumented students on your campus are able to identify where support exists and utilize available resources to support their success at different points along the college pipeline, including prior to college admission, during college, and upon graduation. You will also learn about practical strategies that can be used to assess the effectiveness of your efforts and make data-driven decisions to support undocumented student success. Paz will discuss assessment tools, strategies, and systematic process for implementing best practices to support undocumented students. Paz will provide strategies that you can apply to institutionalize campus-wide support for undocumented students.

Paz will share tools and strategies that can be used to measure program implementation and outcomes for supporting the access and success of undocumented students. She will also share assessment results, and how to utilize data to develop an action agenda to guide yearly efforts. These tools and strategies can help to provide a framework for identifying students' needs and where to invest time, energy, and resources. The aim is to ultimately institutionalize a comprehensive range of policies and practices to ensure access and success for undocumented students on any college campus.

Session Highlights

  • Understand why it is important to provide undocumented students with a campus-wide support system of programs, services, and informed individuals
  • Learn how to identify the individuals that ought to be included in a campus-wide network of undocumented student allies
  • Learn how to conduct a campus-wide audit of supports available to undocumented students to identify where gaps exist
  • Develop an action agenda to help plan and coordinate year-round efforts to support undocumented students
  • Understand what institutionalization of a campus-wide support system for undocumented students entails

Session Takeaways

You will learn:

  • How to build a campus-wide support system for undocumented students regardless of resources available
  • How to demonstrate support for undocumented students in a campus or community climate where anti-immigrant sentiment exists
  • How to implement best practices for supporting undocumented students when staff, faculty, and/or administrators possess a limited understanding of the challenges these students face and how to address them
  • How to assess your campus’s support for undocumented students to measure program outcomes and make evidence-based decisions

Who Should Attend

  • Administration
  • Enrollment management
    • Admissions
    • Financial aid
    • Outreach
  • Faculty
  • Human resources
  • Online learning
  • Student services/affairs
  • TRiO programs
  • Academic advisors
  • Mental health professionals
  • First-year experience
  • Diversity programs
  • Cultural centers

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Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez
Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez is currently Interim Associate Vice President of Student Success at CSU Dominguez Hills, where she administers EOP, Summer Bridge, the Dominguez Hills First-Year Experience, the Career Center, & Supplemental Instruction. Dr. Oliverez is also currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Mast... More info