Supporting Undocumented Students
Serving the largest population of undocumented students in the state, California Community Colleges are committed to serving ALL students, regardless of immigration status. Undocumented Student Action Week, October 14-18, 2019, is a system-wide campaign to advocate and provide support resources for our undocumented student population. During the week, California's community colleges are encouraged to engage in advocacy and support efforts in solidarity with undocumented students throughout the state.
Undocumented Student Action Week (USAW) is supported statewide by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the Community College League of California, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, Immigrants Rising, and the Student Senate for California Community Colleges. The Action Week partners support colleges in planning their own action week by providing suggested activities, materials, resources and more.
Raise Your Voice! Take Action.
Join us in advocating for undocumented students at California's community colleges by completing one or both of our action steps.
Action Step #1: Email Congress
Action Step #2: Send a Tweet
Watch the USAW Informational Webinar
The Action Week partners held an informational webinar on Wednesday, September 18 at 11:00 a.m. to provide more information about this year’s suggested activities and the materials in the toolkit.
2019 Action Week Toolkit
The Action Week partners have developed a toolkit to support your on-campus efforts. Please check back here for updates as we will be uploading more materials and resources below. We encourage you to first download the Suggested Action Week Framework to get started!
- Draft Resolution for Districts
- Draft Press Release
- Call to Action Poster 11”x17”
- Facebook/Twitter Profile Photo Replacement
- Social Media Sample Posts
- Social Media Graphics
- Action Week Logo
- Partner Logos
- Monarch Butterfly
- Email Signature Graphic
- Suggested Activities to Advocate for Undocumented Students
- My Immigrant Story Write-In Poster 16”x12”
- Suggested Townhall Topics/Sample Schedule
- Congressional Lobby Checklist
- Advocacy Talking Points
- Federal Advocacy Letter
- Congressional District Meeting Report
- Phone-Banking Script
- List of Suggested Movies/Voter Registration Instructions
- DREAM2Action - Email and Social Media Advocacy Campaign
- Suggested Activities to Support Undocumented Students
- BOG Resolution
- Educational Resource Binder
- United We Dream #HereToStay Toolkit
- Applying for In-state Tuition Guide
- CA In-state Tuition Tool
- Mental Health in the Post-DACA Era
During the week, a series of webinars will be available to provide additional support and information for undocumented students and faculty and staff at California's community colleges. Click on the links below to watch.
Educator Focused Webinars (Held each day from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)
- WATCH: Demystifying Dream Resource Centers: Building Campuswide Support // Monday, October 14: Breakdown the important benchmarks to initiate or expand strong support services for undocumented students on your campus in order to build a successful program.
- WATCH: Protecting Student Data: Legal Responsibilities & Connecting Students To Resources // Tuesday, October 15: Learn from LACCD's district-wide model about how they safely identify and effectively outreach to all undocumented students while protecting student data. Get tips & tools to implement this on your campus!
- WATCH: Pursuing Sustainable Funding for Undocumented Student Programming // Wednesday, October 16: Learn from the strategies two community colleges have used to obtain Equity and AB 19 funds to support new and expanding programming for undocumented students on their campus.
- WATCH: Creating Safe Spaces on Campus: UndocuTalks Toolkit // Thursday, October 17: Increase the concentric circles of safety and care available for undocumented students on your campus through personal reflection, UndocuTalks, professional development and the new Mental Health Connector, created by Immigrants Rising.
- WATCH: Increasing Support for Undocumented Students at the CCCs Training Module // Friday, October 18: Get a sneak peek at the brand new systemwide training module created by the CCC Dreamers Project to increase support for undocumented students at California Community Colleges. Find out about this easy to access online tool, which is available anytime, to be able to effectively enlist other educators, administrators, and staff on your campus to complete the training.
Student Focused Webinars (Held each day from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.)
- WATCH: Paying for College: Financial Aid & Scholarships // Monday, October 14: Knowing how to pay for college is one of the biggest problems that prevent undocumented students from entering or staying in college. Learn how to successfully apply for and receive all financial aid and scholarships for which you are eligible!
- WATCH: Accessing Reputable Legal Support // Tuesday, October 15: Learn about the information and tools you can use to explore your immigration options. Get resources on ways you can protect yourself and your family from deportation.
- Recording Unavailable: The UndocuHustle: Generating Income, Regardless of Immigration Status // Wednesday, October 16: Explore how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and generate income by starting your own business or working a side hustle! Hear testimonies of undocumented youth who have successfully built their careers with or without work authorization.
- WATCH: Thriving with Fear & Building Resilience // Thursday, October 17: A panel of undocumented youth leaders share strategies for harnessing fear through art, therapy and resistance.
- WATCH: Healing Through Art: The Emotional Expression of Art in Social Justice // Friday, October 18: Learn how the undocumented youth movement historically used art and politics together to create activism: an outlet for the expression of the challenges of being undocumented in America. You will also be able to participate in art making!
- Immigration Legal Services: The California Department of Social Services, Immigration Branch funds qualified nonprofit organizations to provide services to immigrants who reside in the state of California.
- Resources for Community Members and Services Providers: To ensure that immigrant communities and service providers are armed with up-to-date and relevant information on immigration-related issues, Ready California offers resources from trusted partners.
- DACA Updates: The State of California’s Immigrant Guide provides resources pertaining to the impact of the DACA announcement on several state programs.
- The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) Red Cards help people assert their rights and defend themselves in many situations. Colleges may order up to 1,000 Red “Know Your Rights” Cards at no cost from ILRC. Colleges can also download and print their own. NOTE: Delivery for ordered cards may take up to three weeks.
Resolutions & Statements
In 2017, the League collected resolutions and statements in support of California's undocumented students. The following is a list of resolutions and statements inclusion and in support of undocumented students.
- Academic Senate Resolution Regarding a Safe Learning Environment
- Allan Hancock Joint Community College District Resolution 17-01
- Butte-Glenn Community College District Resolution No. 750
- California Community Colleges Board of Governors, Resolution No. 2017-01
- Cerritos Communtiy College District Resolution No 16-1207D
- Cerritos Commtunity College District Resolution No 16-1207E
- Citrus Community College District Resolution No. 2016-17-06
- Contra Costa Community College District, Resolution No. 1-S
- El Camino Community College District, Resolution No. 05-22-17C
- Foothill-De Anza Community College District Resolution 2016-43
- Foothill-De Anza Community College District Resolution 2016-44
- Fullerton College Faculty Senate Resolution
- Glendale Community College District Resolution No. 24-2016-2017
- Grossmont-Cuyamca Community College District Resolution 17-009
- Hartnell Community College District Resolution 17:3
- Imperial Community College District Resolution No.17187
- Long Beach Community College District Resolution No. 012417A
- Los Angeles Community College District Resolution BT5
- Los Rios Community College District Resolution No. 2017-02
- Marin Community College District Resolution No.2017-1
- Mendocino-Lake Community College District Resolution 12-16-02
- Monterey Pennisula Community College District Resolution No. 2016-17/48
- Mt San Antonio Community College District Resolution No.16-08
- North Orange County Community College District No. 16/17-18
- Palomar Community College District Resolution No. 16-21521
- Pasadena Area Community College District/Pasadena City College Resolution No. 566
- Peralta Community College District Resolution No.16/17-24
- Rio Hondo Community College District Resolution No.12-1416
- Riverside Community College District Resolution 38-16/17
- San Diego Community College District Resolution
- San Joaquin Delta Community College District Resolution No. 16-54
- San Jose Evergreen Community College District Resolution No. 021417-2
- Santa Barbara Community College District Resolution No. 17 (2016-17)
- Santa Monica Community College District Resolution, January 17, 2017
- Sonoma County Junior College District Resolution 5 -17
- Southwestern Community College District Resolution No. 1984
- Southwestern Community College District Resolution No. 1988
- Southwestern Community College District Resolution No. 1992
- State Center Community College District Resolution No. 2016.33
- Ventura Community College District Resolution No. 2017.01
- West Valley-Mission Community College District Resolution No. 17022101
- Yuba Community College District Resolution No. 16-38
- CCLC Joint Boards Post Election Statement
- Chabot College, Commentary/Op-ed Published in East Bay Times
- College of Marin Post Election Letter
- Fullerton College Letter to Students
- Lake Tahoe Community College 2016 Election Statement
- Lake Tahoe Community College District Statement on Diversity, Inclusivity
- Long Beach Community College District Memorandum
- Los Rios Community College District Statement
- Pasadena City College: Messages to Students Re: President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration
- San Diego Community College District Communication to Students
- San Jose City College Campus Letter to Students
- San Jose City College President's Message to Students
- San Jose Evergreen Community College District Message to Students
- San Jose Evergreen Community College District News Release
- Santa Monica College Community President Memo
- South Orange County Community College District, Saddleback College, and Irvine Valley College Statement
- Yuba Community College Letter of Commitment to Students
- Yuba Community College Letter to Students Re: Adopted Resolution