Public Policy and International Affairs Program

ppia-logoThe Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) supports students in their pursuit of graduate degrees in public policy and international affairs.  The Program begins with a Junior Summer Institutes (JSI), which a seven-week summer program that focused on preparing students for graduate programs.

Students who are selected will get to study at one of their four participating universities: Continue reading

Getting into Grad School (GiGS) mentorship program at UC Berkeley

GiGSLOGO_0Getting into Grad School (GiGS) seeks to encourage and prepare undergraduate UC Berkeley students to select, apply, and enroll in graduate school. This opportunity is a collaborative partnership between the Graduate Diversity Program (GDP), and the Graduate Assembly (GA) at the University of California in Berkeley. As part of the GiGS initiative, undergraduate students are mentored throughout the graduate school application process.

Who qualifies?
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Short film about undocumented youth

Screen Shot 2015-08-30 at 8.05.47 PMDC Risers is a short film and photography series focused on undocumented youth who live in Washington, DC. The film centers around Brenda Perez Amador and Gerson Quinteros. Brenda came to the US from Mexico in 2006 and Gerson came from El Salvador in 2004. The film will be premiered on October 1, 2015! Check out their website to see a trailer and samples from the film: “DC Risers Video SamplesContinue reading

Learn more about Freedom University

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 10.08.51 PMFreedom University in Georgia is starting its fifth year this Sunday August 30th!

Freedom University provides rigorous college-level courses, leadership development, and scholarship assistance for undocumented youth in the state of Georgia. To apply, prospective students must register on Freedom U.’s website:  “Apply to Freedom UniversityContinue reading

Scholarships for undocumented students at University of California, Riverside

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 2.54.09 PMUC President Janet Napolitano allocated $5 Million for services to undocumented students across the University of California system.  The University of California, Riverside (UCR) has set a portion of these funds to create the R’DREAM Scholarship and Book Grant.  These scholarship opportunities are available to undocumented students for Fall 2015, Winter 2016, and Spring 2016.  Students can apply to both the R’DREAM Scholarship and Book Grant, but will only be awarded one per quarter.  Thus, the Undocumented Student Program at UCR recommends that students reapply every quarter.  Committee decisions are based on financial need/hardships, community service/leadership, and academic achievements/future goals.

To be eligible for these scholarships, students must: Continue reading

Legacy Scholarship Award at UC Berkeley

The UC Berkeley Chican@/Latin@ Alumni Celebration will award $35,000 in scholarship funds ranging from $500 to $1,000 to selected recipients.

logo1Description: “The Legacy Awards Scholarship was created to honor and remember the legacy of Chican@ Latin@ Alumni trailblazers who paved the path for current and future generations of Chican@s and Latin@s to attend and thrive at Cal. In a collective effort, the five chapters of the Chican@ Latin@ Alumni Association (CLAA): Northern California, Sacramento, Central Valley, Southern California, and San Diego, raised $35,000 in funds to give back in scholarships to current graduate and undergraduate Chican@/Latin@ students.

This competitive Legacy Awards Scholarship seeks to recognize Chican@/Latin@ students who are currently matriculated full-time as undergraduate, graduate, or professional students at UC Berkeley. Scholarship recipients will demonstrate financial need, we well as outstanding academic and personal accomplishment. Undocumented students, first-time freshman, and transfer students with proven funding gaps are encouraged to apply.

Application materials: Continue reading

Traveling abroad with DACA: Iliana’s experience, advice, and timeline!

11911216_10100660111792781_1751766637_nIliana G. Perez was born in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. in 1995 with her parents and brother on Tourist Visas (which expired a few years after). She grew up in Turlock, CA. Iliana and her brother navigated the educational system being undocumented until the signing of DACA in 2012. She attended Turlock High School and graduated from CSU-Fresno in 2009 with a degree in Mathematics. She is currently a 4th year doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University pursuing a M.A. in Economics and Ph.D. in Education. She has been an advocate for immigrant rights, providing information and assistance to undocumented students interested in pursuing higher education.

Iliana recently traveled to Mexico with advance parole under educational purposes. She is part of a research team evaluating a privately provided, affordable comprehensive schooling model for poor families in Mexico City. She applied for advance parole to be in Mexico from July 12-26 and was approved to be there until August 19, 2015.

Iliana’s timeline: Continue reading

DACA applicants who have a chronic disability: Process, timeline, and advice on applying for DACA and a fee exemption

DACA and Tax FormsAfter the announcement of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), my sister and I prepared my brother’s application (he has a chronic disability and is unable to complete the application on his own). Because there is a lack of information on the process for applicants who have a chronic disability, I wanted to share with you all the steps that my sister and I took to prepare and successfully submit my brother’s DACA application.

First, you should note that fee exemptions for DACA are available only to applicants who meet one of the following conditions: Continue reading

Opportunity to travel to Mexico for undocumented students with DACA

DreamersWinter2015FinalVersion-791x1024The California-Mexico Dreamers Study Abroad Program is offering 25 undocumented students who have DACA, from colleges and universities in the Los Angeles, CA area, the opportunity to travel to Mexico from December 17, 2015 to January 11, 2016.

The following are the program objectives:

  • Improve upon the success of the CMSC’s pilot, as a model for Dreamers Study Abroad Programs
  • Establish the framework of a replicable model for U.S. institutions of higher education
  • Continue and expand video and photo documentation of Dreamers’ human stories
  • Prepare Dreamers as ambassadors of the model, for them to replicate similar programs
  • Train the participants to become advocates and providers of DACA/DAPA services
  • Allow the Dreamers to spend 8-days in their communities of origin with their relatives
  • Offer participants CSULB class credit and certification as DACA/DAPA advocates

To qualify applicants must: Continue reading

DACA beneficiaries traveling abroad: Karla’s experience, advice, and timeline!

Many of you have wondered what the process is for traveling abroad with DACA. And while I have personally not gone through the process, I am excited to announce that for the coming weeks, we will be featuring the experiences of, and advice from, several DACA beneficiaries who have traveled abroad using advance parole. This week, you get to read about Karla’s experience:

unnamedMy name is Karla Estrada Sanchez and I am from Mexico, I came to the United States at the age of five years old. I grew up in Chino California and recently graduated from UCLA, I am associated with I.D.E.A.S at UCLA and Mt. SAC, I used to participate with the CA DREAM Network, but I took a break from activism in 2010. Nowadays I concentrate on my education, and now on searching for employment and studying for both the GRE and the LSAT, also on my undocutravelers project. Not all is work however, I enjoy reading books (holla for the Harry Potter fans!), watching Doctor who (whovian here!) or any 90s show (field trip to memory lane!), I also enjoy going to the beach and traveling!

I recently visited Italy with advance parole, I went to study the Italian language and a Federico Fellini class through UCLA, so my reason was purely educational. The program lasted only a month, but I was granted extra days, from June 21st to August 5th, those are exactly the dates I requested. The dates depend on the officer reviewing your case because some people get more or less time than requested, for education purposes, especially when it is a program, the dates are a little more solid since your evidence shows the dates of the program.

A timeline of my advance parole process: Continue reading


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