Speaking Engagements

Over the years, we have facilitated workshops, webinars, and conferences on a variety of topics aimed at supporting undocumented students. In light of the current Covid19 pandemic, the pending U.S. Supreme Court decision on DACA, and the upcoming 2020 U.S. presidential elections, we know that it is all too important for students, educators, counselors, administrators, and community members to come together and learn more about the current state of immigration issues and what important steps can be taken.

To submit a request for a speaking engagement with Carolina, the founder of My Undocumented Life, please fill out the form below. Carolina participates in speaking engagements addressing students and/or school personnel across the country (online only at this time given travel restrictions).

To learn more about my background you can visit the About Us page.

Here are the topics that I usually discuss with undocumented students (I can address other issues upon request):

– Applying to and navigating graduate school as an undocumented student (securing financial support, strengthening one’s application, studying for the GRE, finding a mentor, gaining research experience, publishing, balancing responsibilities)

– A discussion about whether or not to disclose one’s immigration status to fellow students and/or instructors during high school, college or in the graduate school application process.

– A conversation about student’s concerns and plans related to life after college given their immigration status.

– A conversation about mental health, including ways to cope with feelings of fear, stress, and anxiety, as well as where to find health-related resources.

– How to create a support network.

– How to afford college while undocumented, including key scholarship opportunities open to undocumented students, advice on fundraising, and more.

– Know Your Rights and Emergency Preparedness.

– Immigration policy updates and how to join the immigrant rights movement.

Here are the topics I typically discuss with educators/administrators (I can address other issues upon request):

– How schools can identify and address the needs of undocumented students (legal support, avenues for financial assistance, mental health, post-graduation plans, etc.).

– What type of practical support schools can provide to undocumented students and their loved ones in light of the current Covid19 pandemic, the pending U.S. Supreme Court decision on DACA, and the 2020 U.S. presidential elections.

– Overview of relevant immigration policy and efforts at the federal, state, and local level that affect undocumented students and/or their families (in-state versus out-of-state tuition, state financial aid, DACA, DAPA, enforcement, sanctuary campus).

– Consequences of immigration policies and enforcement practices on the lives of undocumented students and their families.