The Education Equity Act has been introduced in the state of Massachusetts, which would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition and receive financial aid at public colleges and universities. The Student Immigrant Movement (SIM), a youth-led nonprofit in Massachusetts, is leading the effort to raise awareness and support for this bill. And they need our help!
Massachusetts’ public has shown a lot of support for this bill! Over 150 supporters gave testimony at a hearing for the bill on July 15th, 2015 and three community college presidents have written letters in support. Only one person testified against the bill at the hearing. However, the state’s Governor Charlie Baker announced on July 16th that he would veto the bill. There are many more people in Massachusetts who would support this bill, but don’t know about it yet so let’s raise some awareness! To show your support, please call Governor Charlie Baker at 617-725-4005, write op-eds and post on social media, or contact the Student Immigrant Movement to learn how you can help.
Rachel is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Sciences and Comparative Education at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She has worked closely with undocumented youth activists in several states, the Bhutanese refugee community and LGBT community in Oakland, California. Rachel taught in two public high schools in Okinawa, Japan for two years and has worked in the community college and higher education sector for Bunker Hill Community College, MassBay Community College, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Achieving the Dream, and Jobs for the Future. She received her Masters in Higher Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and her Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.
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