Avoiding Potential Roadblocks & Successfully Enrolling at California Public Colleges
This workshop will identify important issues that can prevent AB 540 students from successfully enrolling in classes at California public colleges and universities. Educators will gain a clearer understanding of the differences in program eligibility/requirements and available services among California public higher education systems, as well as the kinds of questions your students should be asking.
Nohemy Chavez – Counselor, Undocumented Student Program
Ignacia Rodriguez — Equal Justice Works Fellow, National Immigration Law Center
Leti Silva — Counselor, Latino Services Network; Advisor for SAFE (Students Advocating for Equity) & for VIDA (Voices for Immigrants Demonstrating Achievement), City College San Francisco
Building Institutional Change at the College Level
This session will be facilitated by Rose Carmona-Arbulú from San Francisco State University, Veronica Neal from De Anza College, and Jenny Olmedo from UC Berkeley. For the first 45 minutes, each facilitator will share an overview of support programs and initiatives on their campuses. They will offer perspectives on the history and results of building institutional support for undocumented students on their campus. The final 20 minutes will be left for attendees to ask specific questions and share best practices with each other.
Rose Carmona-Arbulú — Counselor, University Scholarship Specialist, AB 540 Advisor, San Francisco State University
Veronica Neal — Director of Equity, Social Justice & Multicultural Education, De Anza College
Jenny Olmedo — Assistant Director of Staff Diversity Initiatives, UC Berkeley
CA Dream Application: Line-by-Line
Completion of the Dream Act Application is a crucial step to getting money to pay for college expenses. In this session, Gymmel Garcia from 10,000 Degrees and Tae Kang and Bryan Dickason from the California Student Aid Commission will take attendees step-by-step through the process of completing the Dream Act Application and navigating the first steps in obtaining financial aid for a college education.
Bryan Dickason — Senior Manager, California Student Aid Commission
Gymmel Garcia — College Advisor, 10,000 Degrees
Tae Kang — Cal Grant Program Support Servicer, California Student Aid Commission
CA Dream Act 101: Overview and Implementation
This workshop will provide educators with the tools they need to help students accurately fill out and successfully submit the CA Dream Application. An overview will be provided for the application at all three tiers of CA public universities. Representatives from UCs, CSUs, CCCs and CSAC will be available to answer specific questions about the implementation and awarding of state aid to Dreamers.
Margie Carrington — Director, Financial Aid Services, Cañada College
Bryan Dickason — California Student Aid Commission
Rachel Feldman — Director of Financial Aid Office, UC Berkeley
Nancy Jodaitis – Office of Student Financial Aid & Transfer Articulation Bridge Program; Advisor to IDEAS, San Francisco State University
Cholo, Sin Papeles, "Fina" Drop Out: Engaging Those Falling Through the Cracks
Cesar A. Cruz, co-founder of Homies Empowerment and 17-year educator, will present a workshop about how to engage "disengaged" Raza students by connecting to their history through a gangster lens. This workshop is geared towards educators working with gang impacted/involved youth, who are also undocumented and do not connect with school at all.
• Cesar A. Cruz — Co-Founder, Homies Empowerment & Dean of Students, Arise High School (Oakland)
Emerging Voices: Breaking the Silence of API Undocumented Youth
Since its creation in 2008, ASPIRE, the first Pan-Asian undocumented youth group in the nation, has been making waves in its leadership in the fight for immigrant rights. Although ASPIRE has elevated the visibility of undocumented API youth, there are still many others staying in the shadows. This workshop outlines the various ways educators can reach out and support API undocumented youth.
Dean Santos – CORE Leader
Frank Seo - Campaign Organizer
Gearing Up for 2014: Taking Action on Policies that Protect the Rights of Undocumented Young People
Recent policy victories, such as Deferred Action, state-financial aid and access to law licenses are testament to the power and leadership of undocumented immigrants. We will highlight the ways that states are committed to protecting the rights of undocumented young people and their families in the absence of federal immigration reform. Join us and learn more about the impact of these policies and how you can get involved in moving forward in 2014!
Jazmin Segura – E4FC Policy and Communications Manager
Gabriela Villareal — Policy Manager, California Immigrant Policy Center
Health Career Pathways for Undocumented Students
Do you work with STEM and pre-health students? Join us for a discussion of the current landscape of health & science career pathways for undocumented youth and how recent immigration policies (i.e. DACA, CA Dream Act) have sparked dialogues with institutions responsible for the education and career licensing of health professionals. Undocumented graduate and medical students will also share their personal experiences. Workshop attendees will walk away with strategies on how to become allies to this cause, the roles and opportunities that exist, and relevant resources like the "Medical School Frequently Asked Questions" guide.
Angel Ku — Co-founder, Pre-Health Dreamer
Jirayut New Latthivongskorn — Co-founder, Pre-Health Dreamers
Denisse Rojas — Co-founder, Pre-Health Dreamers
Helping Undocumented Students Pay for College
This workshop will give an overview of the primary ways undocumented students are able to pay for college, such as work, scholarships, state grants, fee waivers, installment plan and loans. As scholarships continue to be vital in helping undocumented students pay for college, we will discuss the top ways educators can encourage students to apply to scholarships as well as guide and support them through the scholarship application process.
Rose Arbulú — Financial Aid/Scholarships/AB 540 Advisor, San Francisco State University
Yolanda Santiago Venegas – Writing Instructor UCSC/Evergreen Valley Community College
Jocelyn Vila — Program Services Coordinator Financial Aid Skyline Community College
Higher Education for AB540 Community College Students / HEFAS at De Anza College
Higher Education for AB540 Students (HEFAS) at De Anza College is an institutional and educational program that provides resources, reduces financial stress, and creates a safe learning environment for all students, with an emphasis on undocumented/AB540 students.
Janette Brambila — Outreach, HEFAS De Anza
Mitzy De La Pena – Admin , HEFAS De Anza
Maily Ramos — Admin, HEFAS De Anza
How to Be an Effective Ally: Creating a Culture of Support in Your High School Community
In this session, students and teachers will share best practices and challenges to creating a school culture where undocumented students have access to the information and resources they need as well as the unconditional and vocal support of peers, families, and staff. Topics include: creating and maintaining student leadership; accessing college; involving families; fundraising; and troubleshooting obstacles.
Laura Einhorn — History Teacher, KIPP: King Collegiate High School
Jane Slater — ELD and AVID teacher, Sequoia High School
Kateri Dodds Simpson — Project Director, East Oakland DREAMers / English Teacher, Castlemont High School
Immigration Law 101: Legal Remedies for Undocumented Young People
25% of undocumented young people who have gone through E4FC's Legal Services have been found to have an immigration remedy that could lead to a permanent lawful status. In this presentation, we will provide an overview of common immigration laws/policies that benefit undocumented youth and young adults.
Krsna N. Avila — E4FC Legal Services Manager
Marilia Zellner — E4FC Legal Services Supervisor
Lessons Learned from Building Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
Katharine Gin, E4FC Cofounder and Executive Director, with give an overview of E4FC’s history and evolution; share important lessons learned in leadership development, fundraising, organizational culture, and volunteer cultivation; and invite three guests to share diverse perspectives on challenges the organization has faced over the past eight years.
Katharine Gin — E4FC Cofounder and Executive Director
Carrie Evans — E4FC Cofounder
Julio Navarette — Spanish Teacher - Summit High School San Jose; former E4FC Creativity Manager
Jay Sherwin — Independent Consultant; former Vice President for Programs, College Access Foundation of California
Life After College: Graduate School & Law School
Using personal experience, workshop presenters will provide information regarding how to navigate graduate school and law school as undocu/DACAmented students. Presenters will provide a general overview on the application process, the various options that undocu/DACAmented students have to finance their education, the current climate in various institutions regarding undocu/DACAmented students, and best practices on guiding undocumented students through their journey into graduate/law school.
Josias Aguilar - DREAMer Activist
Denia Perez – E4FC Legal Services Coordinator
Nadia Rojas - GRADD- Cofounder
Life After DACA: What to Know When Your DACA Request Has Been Approved
Since June 2012, many eligible undocumented young people have had the opportunity to be approved for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), enabling them the opportunity to obtain a work authorization permit and protection from deportation. However, receiving DACA is just the beginning. In this presentation, we help allies of DACA recipients better understand frequently asked questions about renewal, travel, employment, rights and benefits, and more.
Krsna N. Avila — E4FC Legal Services Manager
Marilia Zellner — E4FC Legal Services Supervisor
Light in the Shadows: Emotional, Mental & Spiritual Health of Undocumented Youth
We will provide a framework for beginning to understand the emotional, mental and spiritual experience of undocumented young people. We will also share findings from E4FC’s recent Personal Wellness Survey, which analyzed the mental and emotional health needs of E4FC’s student population. The survey was comprised of nearly 100 questions divided into eight categories: demographics, family and living environment, community and help seeking, coping, symptoms, immigration experiences, identity, and romantic relationships. Finally, we hope to facilitate an open discussion about the current practices around mental health for undocumented young people and brainstorm recommendations for future programming in this area.
Lilly Campos — E4FC Support and Career Services Manager
Laura Guillen — PhD, Clinical Psychologist/Private Practice
Making Meaning: Engaging Undocumented Young People in Spirituality
Whether we identify as spiritual or religious, all of us have a need to make meaning of our life, experiences and connections to the world. Come explore ways to support undocumented youth in reflecting upon their life journeys, identifying sources of strength and developing practices for resilience. The presenters will share examples from their work with college students as well as invite you to participate in a practice to help you reflect on your experience as an undocumented person or ally.
Rev. Laura Engelken — Director of Spiritual and Religious Life, Mills College
Matt Smith — Director of Outreach & Engagement, Campus Ministry, Santa Clara University
Storytelling for Undocumented Young People
Explore ways of using creative writing as a way of healing and advocacy for undocumented young people. Hear student writers share their stories and engage in a Q&A session with them.
Julio Navarette – Spanish Teacher - Summit High School San Jose; former E4FC Creativity Manager
Akiko Aspillaga — E4FC creative writer
Denia Perez –E4FC creative writer
Chantiri Ramirez – E4FC creative writer
UC Berkeley Undocumented Student Program: A Roadmap for Institutional Transformation
This dialogue will cover the legal, financial aid, research, and programmatic aspects of the Undocumented Student Program at UC Berkeley. We look forward to sharing lessons learned and best practices of our program with our participants. We also look forward to providing unique insights and answering your specific questions about our program. Our goal is to help guide and ensure that other universities provide holistic services for undocumented students.
Allison Davenport – Director, International Human Right Clinic Berkeley Law
Cruz Grimaldo - Associate Director, Financial Aid UC Berkeley
Meng So – Director, Undocumented Student Program
Ruben E. Canedo, Research & Mobilization Coord, Centers for Educational Equity & Excellence
UndocuQueer: ...Because We Do Not Live Single-Issue Lives
As expressed by Audre Lorde, “There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” This workshop aims to create visibility. It intends to address the multiple identities and intersections present in the everyday life of queer undocumented immigrant communities. By carrying out an identity activity and sharing our stories and our political work, we shed light on the significance of UndocuQueer activism and its role in learning to understand that everyone has complex, multi- faceted identities.
• Marco Antonio Flores — Judith Lee Stronach, Visiting Scholar, Department of Gender & Women's Studies, UC Berkeley
Photo by: Diana K. Arreola (DKA Photography)
Cesar A. Cruz is an internationally renowned poet, educator, scholar and human rights activist. He was born in Jalisco, Mexico and migrated to the United States at the age of 9. From marching 76 straight miles to hunger striking for 16 days, Mr. Cruz has dedicated his life to fighting injustice. He was the Co-founder of Homies Empowerment in Oakland, CA and has been an educator for the over 17 years. His relentless drive and passion has touched the lives of many, and his writings have received praise from activists and scholars throughout the world. Cesar A. Cruz is the author of two books: “Norte/Sur: Bang for Freedom” and “Revenge of the Illegal Alien”. Author Rodolfo Acuna sees "Cesar as one of the new martyrs of our people." Acclaimed author and activist Luis Rodriguez depicts Cesar's writings as filled with "fierce insight and righteous rage." But Mr. Cruz shrugs off the accolades with a humble smile and a thought. "I'm not important; we're but seeds of social change. Our role is a simple one; 'To comfort the disturbed, and to disturb the comfortable.' Nothing more, and nothing less! He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Education Leadership at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education- he is the first Latino male to ever be admitted into the program. He is proudest to be a father of 3—Olin, Amaru and Quetzali.
Photo by: Diana K. Arreola (DKA Photography)
SPECIAL PANEL: THE FUTURE OF IMMIGRATION ADVOCACY
Photo by: Diana K. Arreola (DKA Photography)
Ju Hong is a current research assistant at Harvard University, working on National UnDACAmented Research Project (NURP), a study that seeks to understand the effects of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on the everyday lives of young undocumented immigrants receiving or wishing to receive its benefits. Ju came to the United States from South Korea at the age of 11 and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended Laney College in Oakland, where he was elected as the first Asian American and youngest student body president. Ju graduated from Laney College and transferred to University of California, Berkeley, where he studied Political Science and became the first undocumented student government Senator in UC Berkeley history. Ju graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Political Science in 2012, and is currently pursuing Master’s degree in Public Administration at San Francisco State University. After he graduates from the program, he hopes to continue to support underprivileged immigrant communities through public service. In 2011, Ju conducted an act of civil disobedience along with other undocumented students to empower young undocumented immigrant youth and to protest the inhumane treatment of immigrants. This marked the first time undocumented youth participated in nonviolent civil disobedience in California.
Aarti Kohli is currently leading a project on Immigration Reform and the Immigrant Vote at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She is an expert on federal immigration laws and policies, particularly as they relate to low-income and undocumented immigrants. In the past year, she has analyzed and conducted advocacy on pending immigration reform legislation in Congress with various national organizations, including the National Immigration Law Center and the Emerson Collective. Prior to starting her own consulting practice, she was the Director of Immigration Policy at the Warren Institute at UC Berkeley School of Law. Her research focused on the growth of federal-state immigration enforcement efforts and the impact on immigrant families. Formerly, she was Judiciary Committee and Immigration and Claims Subcommittee counsel to Representative Howard Berman (D- CA). Prior to working for Congress, she served as Assistant Legislative Director at UNITE union in Washington DC. In addition, she has also worked as a consultant to the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, the State Department and the National Immigration Forum.
JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS
Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of Define American, a campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration in America. In June 2011, the New York Times Magazine published a groundbreaking essay he wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant, stunning media and political circles and attracting worldwide coverage. A year later, he appeared on the cover of TIME magazine internationally with fellow undocumented immigrants as part of a follow-up cover story. Since then, he has testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform, and written and directed Documented, a documentary feature film on his undocumented experience. It world premiered as the centerpiece of the 2013 AFI Docs film festival in Washington, D.C. and will air on CNN in summer 2014.He’s written for daily newspapers (Philadelphia Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle) and national magazines (The Atlantic, Rolling Stone) and was a senior contributing editor at the Huffington Post. At the Washington Post, he was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for covering the Virginia Tech massacre, and his 2006 series on HIV/AIDS in Washington, D.C. inspired The Other City, a documentary feature film he co-produced and wrote. It world premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and aired on Showtime. That same year, he wrote an exclusive profile of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for the New Yorker. He has appeared on several national and international television and radio programs, including Nightline, The O’Reilly Factor, and The Colbert Report. He currently resides in Manhattan.
LIST OF ORGANIZATIONS WHO HAVE ATTENDED THE EDUCATOR CONFERENCE FROM 2012-2014