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Undocumented Resources for Educators, Parents, Students, and College Graduates

A compilation of some of the best resources available for students, parents and educators from such organizations as Immigrants Rising, the College Board, the IL Coalition for Immigrant Refugee Rights and many others.

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National Association for College Admission Counseling
NACAC Knowledge Center for Undocumented Students
Resources and best practices from the National Association for College Admission Counseling for supporting undocumented students.

U.S. Department of Education
Resource Guide: Supporting Undocumented Youth
Comprehensive resource guide to help educators and school staff support the academic success of undocumented youth with information on state legal guidelines, tips for educators, financial aid eligibility, and links to scholarships.

Related press releaseEducation Department Releases Resource Guide on Supporting Undocumented Students in High School and College

Safe Space Fact Sheet

Center for American Progress
DACA Recipients’ Economic and Educational Gains Continue to Grow
Note: The survey results can be found here. As of November 2, 2017, the survey results have been updated to include breakdowns of urban and rural DACA recipients. For more information on the survey, please contact Tom K. Wong.

Educators Quick Summary Sheet created by Penina Noonan, Round Lake High School
15 Ways to Advocate for Undocumented Youth
One-page summary sheet on how educators can best help undocumented students.

Resources for Supporting DACA/Dreamer Individuals

National Immigration Law Center
This page provides up to date information regarding the status of DACA and DACA renewals.

Steps to Take if Your DACA Renewal Is Delayed
The suggestions in this document are specifically about applying to renew DACA.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Community Guidance: Restrictions of Muslim Entry to the U.S. (Muslim Advocates)
The purpose of this document is to educate affected communities about the Executive Order and steps you can take to protect your rights. This document is not a substitute for legal advice, and we strongly encourage you to consult with an immigration attorney. Muslim Advocates will continue to release information and resources as more details about this policy become available.

Migration Policy Institute
Beyond Teaching English: Supporting High School Completion by Immigrant and Refugee Students
Many of the insights discussed in this report were shared by participants in the Learning Network for Newcomer Youth Success, a project of MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy that brings together practitioners from the education, physical and mental health, and social service fields to discuss common challenges and effective solutions.

Immigration Data Matters
This useful online guide links users directly to the most credible, high-quality data on immigrants and immigration in the United States and internationally. The easy-to-use publication includes more than 220 data resources compiled by governmental and authoritative nongovernmental sources.

American Council on Education
Protect Dreamers Higher Education Coalition
The Protect Dreamers Higher Education Coalition is dedicated to housing information and resources to help campus leaders, staff, faculty and students advocate to Congress on behalf of Dreamers, young people brought to the United States as children and raised as Americans but living under threat of deportation.

2015 Share the Dream Presentation for High School Counselors
How to Be an Effective Ally for Undocumented High School Students
Highland Park and Senn High Schools on working with families, faculty, and community in their schools, and provide several resources for a school-wide program.

Tending to the Mental and Emotional Health Needs of Undocumented Students
Presentation by Aurora Chang, PhD on understanding the psychological impacts and mental health needs of undocumented students.

Paying for College (PDF)
Andrea Gonzalez and Isabel Castro from ISACorps and Gerard J. Cebrzynski, Associate Vice- President  for Financial Aid, Lake Forest College present on advising undocumented students financial aid and scholarships for college.

2015 Share the Dream Presentation for Higher Education
How to Be an Effective Ally for Undocumented Students – College Recruitment
Luke Kerber from Aurora University and from Oakton Community College on college admissions, financial aid, working with families, and institutional support and struggles.

How to Be an Effective Ally for Undocumented Students – Retaining and Graduating
Laura Bohorquez, DEEP Coordinator for United We Dream Network and Sadika Sulaiman Hara from Loyola University Chicago present on successful models and ALLY training for supporting undocumented college students.

2014 IACAC District Seminar Presentation by Illinois DREAM Fund and Enlace Chicago
Deferred Action for Qualified Undocumented Students 2014
PDF of presentation 2014 on financial literacy, student success stories, and other resources for DREAMers by Tanya Cabrera, Illinois DREAM Fund and Quintiliano Rios Perez, Enlace Chicago.

DACA Renewal Information post January 2018 injunction
USCIS Statement Regarding DACA Renewals (current as of February 2018)

Northern Illinois University’s Latino Resource Center
Working With Undocumented Students, a resource guide for faculty and staff

College Board
Young Lives on Hold: The College Dreams of Undocumented Students (PDF)
Repository of Resources for Undocumented Students

Immigrants Rising (Formerly E4FC)
The mission of Immigrants Rising is to empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation. They offer resources for Educators, Allies and Undocumented Youth.

Top 10 Ways to Support Undocumented Students (PDF)
How To Support College-Bound Undocumented Students, Advice for Counselors & Educators (PDF)
Understanding the Sanctuary School and Safe Zone Movement

Carolyn Lawrence,
Advising Undocumented Students: FAQS For College Counselors
Questions and answers for common questions high school counselors may have about status, self-identifying in the college application, and financial resources for undocumented students.

Maria Bucio, Director of La Casa Student Housing and Resource Center
Parents as Allies in Pursuit of the Dream
Presentation on how to reach and involve parents in supporting college education for undocumented students.

Working List of Undoc/DACA Policies for U.S. Colleges & Universities

Harvard Graduate School of Education
Supporting Undocumented and Mixed Status Families
Resource for teachers (high school or college) who want to create a safe and inclusive environment for students navigating immigration status stress.

Teach for America
Supporting and Creating Safe Spaces for ALL Students Resources for Educators
This document is meant to provide a list of resources for educators, school support staff, service providers, and administrators who work with students in marginalized communities.

Immigrants Rising (Formerly E4FC)
How to Support College-bound Undocumented Students: Advice for Parents (PDF) (english)
English version – information for parents on college preparation, funding, and life after college.

¿Cómo Apoyar a Los Estudiantes Indocumentados en su Camino a La Universidad?: Consejos a Para Los Padres (PDF) (spanish)
Spanish version – information for parents on college preparation, funding and life after college

College Board
Informacion para padres – lo que necesita saber
Big Future’s Spanish-language site, written for parents, for information about going to college – from how to start planning to how to pay for it.

My Undocumented Life Blog
My (Un)Documented Life
Up-to-date information and resource blog for undocumented students.

Chicago Public Schools
DREAMer’s Pathway to College – link coming soon

United We Dream
United We Dream – Immigrant Youth Led Organization Website
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. They organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families.

College Board
Big Future for Undocumented Students
Q and A’s on paying for college and things undocumented students need to know about college.

Repository of Resources for Undocumented Students
College Board’s list of resources by state

Sharing status in a college essay  – College Essay Guy
Should I come out as an undocumented student in my personal statement? Part 1

How to come out as an undocumented student in your personal statement. Part 2 – this is not podcast but it’s a follow up to the previous podcast.

Immigrants Rising (Formerly E4FC)
The mission of Immigrants Rising is to empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation. They offer resources for Educators, Allies and Undocumented Youth.

Resources Page
This page offers a multitude of resources on such topics as Art & Empowerment, College Access, Entrepreneurship, Immigration Policy, and Paying for College

Life After College Guide (PDF)
Excellent resource on options for undocumented students after graduation.

Fund for Undocumented Social Entrepreneurs (FUSE)
E4FC’s initiative, the Fund for Undocumented Social Entrepreneurs (FUSE), provides grants to undocumented entrepreneurs working to create positive social change.

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
DACA students and medical education

Presentations from 2015 Share the Dream Conference
Medical School and DACA (PDF)
Presentation by Dr. Sunshine Nakae, Assistant Dean for Admissions at Stritch School of Medicine, on medical education and employment in the medical field with DACA.

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