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. 

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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!

Download the Suggested Action Week Framework





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.)

Student Focused Webinars (Held each day from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.)

  • WATCHPaying 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!  
  • WATCHAccessing 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 UnavailableThe 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.
  • WATCHThriving with Fear & Building Resilience // Thursday, October 17: A panel of undocumented youth leaders share strategies for harnessing fear through art, therapy and resistance.
  • WATCHHealing 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!


Other Resources

  • 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 ProvidersTo 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 UpdatesThe 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.