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First Generation and Undocumented Students: Update from the Human Relations Committee

By Kari Garcia
Northern Michigan University
Human Relations Committee Co-Chair

It has been a busy semester for the Human Relations Committee and with so much more to do we’re excited to get the New Year underway!

Here are a few of the exciting projects we’re working on this year:

First Generation Movie ScreeningThe Human Relations Committee will once again be hosting a screening of the movie First Generation. This film tells the story of 4 high school students – an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers – who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education. After the film, participants are invited to stay for a panel discussion and Q & A session. The screening will be held on January 31st, 2013 at Rockford College. Register for the free event. This event is a fundraiser for the IACAC Scholarship Fund; please consider bringing a suggested $10 donation.

We continue to update the College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students which provides assistance to high school counselors and other individuals who work with undocumented students. The Human Relations Committee needs your help to complete the project. Colleges and Universities, please take a moment to review and update your information. If you do not see your College or University, please take a moment to add your school to the ever-growing list. Our goal is to have 100% participation from Illinois schools and to keep expanding the listing of out-of-state schools. Please help us reach our goal and provide valuable information and assistance to undocumented students.

Human Relations is expanding the reach of the NACAC Step by Step Guides to College. This April, HRC members will be presenting the guides during a session at the ISCA (Illinois School Counselors Association) conference in Skokie. This is a very exciting opportunity to share this resource with high school counselors.

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