By RACHEL, CAROLINA, and ROBERT
With support from UndocuScholars at the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at UCLA, we are excited to announce the launch of two new series at My Undocumented Life blog: Navigating Higher Education Opportunities and Spotlight Series on College Presidents!
The Navigating Higher Education Opportunities series will commission undocumented students and young adults to write blog posts with helpful advice and information about applying to and navigating college as an undocumented student. These posts will include tips regarding a broad range of issues including navigating community college in states that have out-of-state tuition policies, how to build social support networks in college, and how to apply to private colleges out of state. We will feature about eight to twelve undocumented young adults in the months of May and June 2018.
The Spotlight Series on College Presidents will feature video interviews with college presidents who have taken strides to work with their students, staff, and faculty to build effective best practices for undocumented students on their college campuses. This series aims to help build a culture across the higher education sector around the importance of creating and building best practices for undocumented students. This series will feature several college presidents talking about particular best practices on their campuses, the importance of institutional leadership in building these best practices, and how they came to care about this work. Stay tuned for several spotlights on college presidents from 2018 to 2019!
Rachel is a PhD student in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles where she is also a Research Associate for the Civil Rights Project and the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education. Rachel has worked extensively with immigrant and undocumented young adults in Los Angeles, Oakland, Boston, and Washington, DC. She has also worked in the 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. Rachel is proficient in Spanish, Japanese, and French. She received her Masters in Higher Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and her Bachelors in philosophy from The University of Chicago.
Carolina grew up undocumented in the U.S. since the age of twelve. In 2011, she created this blog as a platform for undocumented communities to obtain up-to-date information and resources on pursuing higher education, immigration policies, and much more. Currently, she is a doctoral student at Harvard University whose scholarly work centers on immigration, race and ethnicity, law and society, families, and social movements.
Robert is a Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education, the Morgan and Helen Chu Endowed Chair in Asian American Studies, and co-director for the Institute for Immigration, Globalization and Education at UCLA. His research is broadly focused on race, ethnicity, and the stratification of college opportunity. His work has been influential to federal, state, and institution policy related to college access and affordability. He has provided congressional testimony regarding the Higher Education Reauthorization Act and No Child Left Behind, informed state policy decisions related to selective college admissions, and his research has been solicited to inform U.S. Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action and school desegregation. Prior to his appointment at UCLA, he served as a professor at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania.
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