Supporting, Retaining & Embracing Undocumented Dreamers

Tuesday, September 19 ~ 1:00-2:00pm (Eastern)

$ 425.00

The registration fee includes institutional access to the recording for one year.
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In the current political climate, it is imperative that we create a welcoming and supportive atmosphere on our campuses to support college access and success. It is not enough to simply post resources on websites and refer undocumented students to community organizations. Instead, we need to take a holistic approach to the unique needs of these students so we can provide equitable programs and services to support their goal completion.

This is not to say that we have all the answers or solutions to deal with the issues these students are facing. However, as educators, we must increase faculty and staff knowledge about undocumented students, provide information and support in many areas and make a genuine effort to remain current and resourceful as we support their college careers.

This presentation will be from both an undocumented student’s perspective and a college administrator’s viewpoint. We will discuss support practices for both in and out of the classroom, review strategies for developing useful resources, cite examples of practices that have positive results and make suggestions for how to create and maintain a campus atmosphere that is safe and supportive.

  • Learn what undocumented students hope their colleges can do for them
  • Understand the fear and uncertainty undocumented students are experiencing and how we can positively influence their perceptions
  • Acquire information about tools and resources that are of value to undocumented students and how to access them
  • Hear about strategies to educate faculty and staff to be better informed about undocumented students so that they can support them more fully
  • Learn how to become an UndocuAlly
  • VP’s of Student Services & Instruction
  • Dean of Student Services
  • Instructional deans
  • Dean of Counseling
  • Financial Aid Director
  • EOPS Director
  • Counselors
  • Career Center Directors
  • Psychological Services Staff
  • Health Center Staff
  • Veteran’s Program Staff
  • Any educator interested in learning more about how to support & retain undocumented students
“This is an especially critical time in education for supporting undocumented students at our institutions. We must work collectively to provide safe and supportive campuses which maintain extensive resources and programs to ensure success. Understanding what undocumented students and their families face is critical to creating an institution of higher education where equity and diversity are valued and supported.”
Photo of webinar speaker Denise Swett.

Denise Swett is the vice president of student services at Foothill College. She has worked as a higher education administrator since 1998 in positions at the University of San Francisco, Chabot College and Cañada College.

Denise was the Administrator of the Year at Foothill College in 2009 and 2016, and has been recognized for her work by the Association of Mexican American Educators of Silicon Valley receiving the Educator of the Year award for 2011. She also received the National Community College Administrator of the Year 2012 from NASPA. Denise earned her BA and MPA at San Jose State University and her EdD from the University of San Francisco.

Photo of webinar speaker Liliana Guillen.

Along with her parents and siblings, Liliana Guillen emigrated to the U.S. to escape extreme poverty and violence in her native Mexico. Liliana knew in her bones that she needed a college education to transform her life and the lives of her family.

Liliana graduated from Foothill College with five associate degrees, including accounting, business administration, psychology for transfer, sociology and general studies: social sciences in 2015. That same Fall she transferred to UCLA to pursue a bachelor’s degree in economics. She graduated from UCLA in June 2017.

“I did not complete my Foothill education alone,” she says. “Every member of the Foothill College community has played an integral role in my transformation, and I thank them. I also thank the voters, activists and legislators who continue to advocate for the full passage of this nation’s Development, Relief & Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. I stand on the shoulders of all those who work to help every student transform their lives.

“My family is my motivation to keep going despite all the obstacles I’ve have faced as an undocumented, AB540, DACA student,” she says. “We all have struggles. I challenge you to embrace your struggles. Success is born out of struggle. I did not give up my dream, and Foothill College didn’t give up on me.”

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