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Erin Howard

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Transcript of CCCIEConference_BCTC_KDC and DEEP

CCCIE Conference 2013 Journey to DREAM:
Community Colleges &
"Dreamer" Student Success Recommendations A presentation by:

Erin Howard
BCTC Latino Outreach Director

United We Dream
Dream Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP) The Dream Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP) is designed to address the barriers that impede undocumented immigrant youth from pursuing higher education.

DEEP uses a two-pronged approach to address the root causes that hinder undocumented youth from completing high school and going on to college by: (1) building an infrastructure that nurtures and sustains student success and (2) incorporating advocacy and organizing to ensure that the policy changes necessary for undocumented immigrant youth to wholesomely access higher education are in place. Dream Educational Empowerment Program DEEP Activities Educate:

Present best practices and policy updates/information to state-wide organizations
School districts
State admissions counselor association conferences
State financial aid counselor association conferences
Connect with CCCIE + UWD DEEP to host a DEEP Conference United We Dream is a network of youth-led immigrant organizations around the country. We strive to achieve equal access to higher education for all people, regardless of immigration status. We aim to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and to develop a sustainable, grassroots movement, led by undocumented immigrant youth and their allies.

We believe that all individuals and organizations that wish to be a part of our collective effort can contribute in their own way. By acting and leading collectively we can build a movement that accomplishes our mission.

The goals of UWD include:
Building power by organizing at the local, regional, national levels
Provide the tools and resources to immigrant youth leaders to organize and grow their movement at every level.
Creating meaningful alliances with other national immigrant and education rights organizations and making sure there is a voice for immigrant youth in these organizations
Supporting our member organizations around the country DEEP in 2013: Educate, Empower, Connect DEEP Resource Centers: Launching Pilots in TX and NC
DEEP Regional Teachers Conferences in partnership with CCCIE
Tuition Equity Battles:
In-state tuition strategy session
18 states
Partnerships and Presentations:
To expand awareness: AFT, NEA, NASPA, NCORE, ACPA, etc.
To expand opportunity: National Dream University, CCCIE, Educators for Fair Consideration, MALDEF, etc. Empower

Communicate clearly and intentionally institutional access policies.
Promote tuition equity policies and access to scholarships
Share best practices and publications
Host a DEEP Center* or designate a DREAMER Friendly Space on campus Connect

Reach out to Dreamer-led or immigrant rights organizations in your community to discover potential areas of collaboration
Create a work-group or an action team with key allies and community members to promote access and prepare for reform
Integrate messaging and support services for undocumented immigrant youth in colleges services
Examples: BCTC Latino Outreach and Kentucky Dream Coalition *DEEP Centers are intended to be led by Undocumented youth for undocumented youth For more information about DEEP and ways your college can support undocumented immigrant youth, please contact CCCIE.

To learn more about BCTC efforts:

Erin Howard

DEEP Contact Info
Julieta Garibay, DEEP Coordinator

Dr. Roberto Gonzales, Learning to Be Illegal, 2011
http://www.asanet.org/images/journals/docs/pdf/asr/Aug11ASRFeature.pdf MECHANISMS
-Supportive learning environments
-Trusting relationships with adults
-Peer networks
-Access to resources Transition to Adulthood DIVERGING PATHS OF DREAMERS OUTCOMES
-Little trust in adults and institutions
-Left to fend for themselves
-Daily contact with legal limitations
-Forced underground OUTCOMES
-Form positive networks
-Develop resiliency
-Preserve the “buffer” MECHANISMS
-Negative school experiences
-Resource-poor families
-Falling through the cracks
-Exiting school early
-Entering “illegal” adult world 2.1 million DREAMers live in the US.
About 65,000-80,000 DREAMers graduate from US high schools each year.
Only 5-10% of these high school graduates go to college.
Many students don’t know they’re undocumented until they begin the college process.
DREAMers don’t qualify for federal grants or loans, even if their parents pay taxes.
DREAMers may be eligible for in-state tuition ONLY in certain states & ONLY 3 of those states offer state financial
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