By RACHEL, CAROLINA, and ROBERT
We at My Undocumented Life Blog are excited to announce a new series called UndocuGrads: Navigating Graduate School as an Undocumented Student. With support from UndocuScholars at the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at UCLA, we are commissioning undocumented graduate students and alumni to write blog posts with helpful tips and information for navigating graduate school.
We will feature about eight to twelve posts this fall in 2018. Authors of the series are pursuing graduate school in several states including Connecticut, California, and Colorado, and are pursuing or have graduated from various types of programs including Nursing School, a Masters in Biomedical Sciences, a Masters in Education, a PhD in Political Science, and a PhD in Sociology. We hope these posts will be helpful to undocumented students and their advocates in navigating graduate school. Please feel free to reach out to us at the blog any time with any questions about the series. Stay tuned for the first post in the series next week!
Many thanks to Elspeth Michaels for her design of the image for the UndocuGrads: Navigating Graduate School as an Undocumented Student. To see more of her work, check out her website here. And much thanks to the Ford Foundation for making this series possible.
Rachel is a PhD student in the Social Sciences and Comparative Education at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies where she is a Research Associate for the Civil Rights Project and the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education. She has worked closely with undocumented youth in several regions including California, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC. Rachel has also worked in the higher education sector for Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, MassBay Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, 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.
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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