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IACAC Sharing the Dream
IACAC Sharing the Dream
IACAC Sharing the Dream
IACAC Sharing the Dream
IACAC Sharing the Dream
IACAC Sharing the Dream
IACAC Sharing the Dream
IACAC Sharing the Dream
IACAC Sharing the Dream

Save the Date:   May 23, 2018

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
7:30 am – 3:30 pm

University of St. Francis
Pat Sullivan Recreation Center
Joliet, Illinois

Join others as we continue the conversation and momentum from 2016 for our 3rd annual Sharing the Dream conference.  This is a day designed to help educators learn how they can support undocumented students on the path to a college degree and beyond.

This workshop is for teachers, counselors, school administrators, college student personnel, admission representatives, counseling and higher education graduate students, and other allies.

Thirteen thousand undocumented students graduate yearly from Illinois high schools. Fewer than half of undocumented young adults ages 18-24 with a high school degree have attended any college and fewer than 10% will enroll in college immediately upon graduation from high school.

Supported by the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling


7:30-8:45 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45-9:15 am
Welcome & Overview of the Day

9:30-10:30 am
Breakout Session I

10:45-11:45 am
Breakout Session II

12:00-1:00 pm
Lunch and Keynote Speaker

1:15-2:15 pm
Breakout Session III

2:30-3:15 pm
Alumni Panel

3:15-3:30 pm
Empowering & Moving Forward

Download the Program

Session Topics

Mental Health First Aid Kit
Career Opportunities
Paying for College
Creating a Safe Space
Immigration 101
Creating an Undocumented Student Club

Roadmap to Being an Undocumented Friendly Institution
The Parent Perspective
Facilitating Conversations with Undocumented Students
Creating Scholarships for Undocumented Students
Sharing Our Stories: What Are We Doing Now?


$25 per person
Registration deadline: Thursday, May 11, 2017

Members: Professional Development Grant Application
Priority deadline: March 1.  Final deadline: April 15

Professional Development clock hours (formerly CPDU credits) will be available through IACAC.


Aliza Gilbert
Highland Park High School

Luke Kerber
Aurora University

Mayra Lagunas
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Eric Ruiz
University of St. Francis


Jessica Avila-Cuevas, Millikin University
Ziggy Blackwell, Illinois College
Marcia Boyd, Governor’s State University
Maria Bucio, The Resurrection Project – La Casa
Tanya Cabrera, University of Ilinois at Chicago
Pat Cannon, Ravinia College Consulting
Mike Dessimoz, Illinois College Access Network
Katie Doucette, Marquette University
Andriana Esparza, Moraine Valley Community College
Sara Espinosa, Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Nadia Flores
Alicia Funes, East Leyden High School
Aliza Gilbert, Highland Park High School
Nancy Guzman, North Central
Luke Kerber, Aurora University
Mayra Lagunas, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rodrigo Lopez, Elgin Community College
Dave Marcial, Golden Apple Foundation
Elisabet Miramontes, University of St. Francis
Abel Montoya, Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Luis Narvaez, Chicago Public Schools
Tania Padilla, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Eric Ruiz, University of St. Francis
Megan Sternberg, Grayslake North High School
Stephanie Szczepanski, Saint Louis University

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