Undocumented students often refer to themselves as "dreamers" because of the historical struggle to enact legislation that would allow undocumented youth in America the opportunity to enter on a path toward citizenship. Historically, the average amount of time it takes an undocumented person to obtain citizenship is 25 years--if they do not get deported or make any missteps in the lengthy and complex process. Many undocumented students say that they are people of great faith, striving to work and go to college (they are not eligible for financial aid,) even though they may not be able to obtain legal work in their field of study. In fact, millions of Americans are currently working in jobs that are not connected to their areas of expertise because of their undocumented status.
Being undocumented means living in fear of deportation, often being afraid to confide in friends, teachers and colleagues, and having to hide ones' personal life from others in order to avoid awkward situations (see the videos below created by undocumented youth). To learn more about the challenges faced by undocumented students and what some colleges have done to support them, scroll down this page and explore the resources below. Edgewood College offers a "community navigator" training through_____ Please contact Tony Garcia for more information about how to get involved in this effort at Edgewood College.One flagship example for strong support of undocumented students is embodied in the Undocumented Student Resource Guide from Northeastern Illinois University, linked below. The guide offers many ideas that Edgewood might use to create broader forms of structured support for undocumented students and potential students in our communities.
Please view the resources at this link: https://studentinvolvement.edgewood.edu/Student-Equity-and-Diversity/Undocumented-Students
Summary of report in a Wisconsin State Journal artlcle
Copy of the report from the Workers' Rights Center
Copy of the report in Spanish
This article outlines some of the challenges faced by undocumented students and how these challenges relate to undocumented students' experiences with micro-aggressions. Although this article focuses on the college choice process, it supports sensitization of documented people to the daily challenges faced by undocumented students on our campuses.
Undocumented Students in the U.S.- Brief Summary Undocumented Students' Experiences With Microaggressions During Their College Choice ProcessAcross the Border and Into the Schools- Atlantic Article on Undocumented Immigrant and Refugee Youth from Central America
Visiting Professor Speaks on Challenges of Undocumented Students’ High School-to-College Transition
This is a practical guide, geared toward K-12 educators, for working supportively with refugee youth. GYP.pdf
This guide provides a wealth of information about many paradoxes and injustices faced by undocumented students on college campuses. The guide was developed by Northeastern Illinois University as a way to educate students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the wider community. Undocumented Students Resource Guide
This video series was created by undocumented youth to provide insight to experiences with invisibility, injustices and inequities faced by undocumented people in their daily lives.
Dissertation that provides broad range of outcomes of studies of microagressions on college campuses. Racial Microaggressions by Secondary School Teachers against Students of Color.