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Welcome to the Undocumented Immigrants & Allies Knowledge Community! As one of the latest KC’s to be established, we are on an exciting journey and we are thrilled to have you join us! This is a resource and space for undocumented immigrants and allies to connect to support undocumented students and their families. Follow us on social media and connect with us at the regional and national conference to see how we can work together to gain knowledge, create resources and advocate with and for undocumented immigrants and their families. Be sure to sign up for our e-mail list on your member profile. We look forward to accomplishing many goals alongside our communities and you, our NASPA family.
The Undocumented Immigrants & Allies Knowledge Community aims to share knowledge, resources, and research on/for undocumented students and students from mixed status families. The demographic landscape within higher education along with policy changes affecting undocumented students is ever changing. The creation of this knowledge community is an important and needed step for professionals to be able to contribute to the field via personal experience, best practices, research and so forth.
The Undocumented Immigrants & Allies Knowledge Community aims to increase awareness and national dialogue regarding the issues faced by undocumented student influences by their immigration status or lack thereof. This KC strives to share and create resources to further educate individuals within the field on how to support undocumented students.
The Undocumented Immigrants & Allies Knowledge Community aims to:
- Highlight the intersections of various identities/experiences including:
- undocumented students varying identities based on race, gender, sexual
- orientation, country of origin, etc.
- mixed immigration status families and its effects on students’ education
- undocumented students affairs professionals including graduate students, staff
- and faculty
- Provide informal and formal mentorship for undocumented students who are interested in working within student affairs/higher education field
- Demonstrate and provide a national network of professionals committed to undocumented students
- Generate national dialogue in support of undocumented students across institutions
- Collaborate to create resources for the field of higher education
- Advocate for equality and access to all undocumented students
- Share best practices to support undocumented students across our institutions and with K-12 partners, as appropriate
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The Undocumented Immigrants and Allies Knowledge Community compiled the following list of resources; however, inclusion on this list does not represent an endorsement of the information, site, or organization by NASPA and any of its entities. The following is a list in alphabetic order:
- FAFSA and DACA: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/financial-aid-and-undocumented-students.pdf
- Undocumented Immigrants and Allies KC Shared Folder: http://bit.ly/UndocuKCResourceFolder
- uLEAD: http://www.uleadnet.org/issue/map
- United We Dream: www.unitedwedream.org/deep
- Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide For Educators and School Support Staff
The UIAKC also compiled a list of tangible action items that campuses can implement to support students, faculty, and staff:
Disseminate a campus-wide statement indicating support and resources available to students, staff, and faculty (e.g., mental health, physical health, emergency grants, Employee Assistance Program, and others)
Facilitate spaces for discussing the Supreme Court’s decision and its impact on your community (e.g., healing circles)
Create a resource corner or virtual resource in your office or classroom that includes up-to-date resources on mental health, alternative paid employment opportunities and legal aid for immigrant families
Identify DACA Renewal Clinics in your area
Share DACA renewal resources
Interested in getting involved with this KC? As one of the newest KCs, the Undocumented Immigrants and Allies KC provides numerous ways for NASPA members to get involved with our group.
To quickly gain regular updates about our KC, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Also, be sure to subscribe to our ListServ by clicking “Join Knowledge Community” in the upper right hand cover. These social mediums are great ways to stay connected and engaged with the Undocumented Immigrants and Allies KC.
We also created a form where you sign up for a committee. If you don't see a committee you are interested in, please let us know in the comment section how you would like to get involved. Please visit this Google Form to read more about each committee and enter your information.
We have created an online group for undocumented immigrants/students who are in the student affairs field. For more information please check out this form.
One of the best resources available to you is the wide range of professional development opportunities. This list contains both our “Hosted Events,” workshops and webinars that we plan and manage, and some “Related Events,” hosted by the NASPA Central Office or other NASPA Constituent Groups. To see a full listing of NASPA events, please see the Events page.