Lunch and Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marisol Clark-Ibáñez
Myths and Realities for Undocumented Students in our Education System
The Journey of a Dreamer at SDSU by Education Without Borders (EWB)
Participants will be introduced to the many services and resources available atSDSU and how to maneuver through the institution in an effort to have asatisfactory educational journey. SDSU students will share their personalexperiences and provide an in-depth understanding for participants. EducationWithout Borders (EWB) at San Diego State University is a student organizationthat aims to highlight the issues affecting, and create a support system for,undocumented and other marginalized students which encourages diversity andthe right to equal access of education. We do so by providing networkingresources such as community service, social events, fundraisers, and otherleadership opportunities.
Cristina Alfaro, Ph.D.Chair, Dual Language and EnglishLearner DepartmentDirector, Project CORESan Diego State University
Mary Jewell, Ed.D.COE Department of Dual Language andEnglish Learner Education (DLE)San Diego State University
Understanding the K-16 Student Experience: The Daily Life of Undocumented and Unaccompanied Students
Dr. Alfaro and Dr. Jewell will moderate a panel of students who will share theirexperiences as immigrant, undocumented, and unaccompanied students. Thediscussion will focus on the challenges students face every day, what they wishschool counselors and teachers knew about them and suggestions they have forschool counselors and college access partners. Dr. Alfaro, a university professorand Dr. Jewell, a high school teacher will also share their combined experiencesin working with students with this exceptional challenge. Their work and researchis based on a cultural-wealth perspective that views students’ voices andresiliency capital as a source of strength to learn from and build on.
Homero Magaña, M.A./M.S.Bilingual School CounselorMoorpark Unified School District
Claudia Mendoza-StudentCalifornia Lutheran University
Joseline Pineda-StudentUniversity of California, Riverside
Counselors as Recruiters of Student
TalentParticipants will have an opportunity to discuss the role of school counselors asrecruiters of student talent, share best practices and participate in a Q&A.Students currently enrolled in higher education institutions will be able to answerquestions and share their recommendations for practitioners.
Karen Cadiero-Kaplan, Ph.D.Professor, Coordinator Single SubjectProgram, Department of Dual LanguageEnglish Learner EducationSan Diego State University
Liliana Silva Diaz, Ph.D.School CounselorSweetwater Union High School
Policy & Processes for the Identification, Placement and Reclassification of English Learners
Participants will learn about current state policy and practices for the identification,placement and reclassification of English Learners in K-12 classroom settings.The presenters will clarify the definitions of Immigrant, Migrant and EnglishLearners and how these definitions are linked to Local Control AccountabilityPlans as well as designated services. The presenters will also share current legalmandates for meeting the needs of English Learners including parent rights andschool responsibilities for programming and placement.
Tania Johnson-Rachkoskie Director, Education and Training National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
Eric Ruiz Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions Coordinator of Multi-Cultural Initiatives, University of St. Francis
Valeria GarciaProgram Director Undocumented Student Program, UCLA Bruin Resource Center
Recruitment and Support of Undocumented Students
Recruitment and support for undocumented students varies widely across the country. Panelists will share information about the colleges and universities that are both interested in and focused on recruiting and supporting undocumented and immigrant students and tips and strategies for finding the colleges that will be the best fit for undocumented and immigrant students. Participants will learn about activities at UCLA and the University of St. Francis regarding their process for recruiting and supporting undocumented and immigrant students.
Policies & Practices as Barriers for Immigrant and Undocumented Students
Participants will learn about the systemic barriers California’s Immigrant and Undocumented students can face from the first day they set foot on a campus. Several barriers include access to college preparatory curriculum to discovering that credits from their previous school will not be accepted. Participants will learn about best practices taking place that provide systemic solutions to these barriers and promote equity for all students.
UndocuCollege Guide and Equity Tool California, 2016: Working toward Educational Equity and Inclusion of Undocumented Students at Institutions of Higher Education in California
The UndocuCollege Guide and Equity Tool was created to help educators, school counselors, college access partners, and faculty, staff and administrators at institutions of higher education work together across regions and systems to achieve the educational equity and inclusion of undocumented students. Participants will learn about the challenges institutions are currently facing in supporting undocumented students, effective practices that support the access and academic success of students in higher education and develop a plan regarding the implementation of an assessment at their school or college-bound organization. Participants will learn how to assess, analyze, and report the level of support for undocumented students that is currently present at their institutions. This publication is also useful for students and their allies, including school counselors and college access partners, to identify and advocate for effective institutional practices at all California colleges and universities. The guide can also serve as a model for other states that seek to conduct research and/or establish best practices to advocate for the inclusion of undocumented students in higher education.
SRJC’s Dream Center
Participants will hear about the process to establish a Dream Center. The presenter will share about the services provided at SRJC and best practices that practitioners can employ when collaborating with high schools and other stakeholders. Participants will learn how Mr. Vazquez coordinated the Undocumented Student Conference for high school students, which resulted in the attendance of over 376 students and allies. A review of key laws and definitions, as well as important services that improve the chances students will graduate high school and attend college will be provided.
Angel SalazarFinancial Aid Analyst San Diego State University
Rosie CastanedaFinancial Aid Office Assistant Director University of California, San Diego
California Dream Application Resources
The workshop will include a comprehensive overview of the Dream Application process including information about the AB540 affidavit, the application process, and typical types of financial aid awards available to AB540 students. Presenters will also share campus based resources available at SDSU and UCSD to assist students in the process of completing the Dream Application. A question and answer component will be included to give participants the opportunity to address questions they might have about the application process.
Shakerra Carter Associate Dean, Outreach & Pre-Enrollment Services San Diego Community College District
Nancy Moreno Manager, Orientation and Follow-Up Services Palomar College
Supporting the Transitions: Achieving Equity for Immigrant and Undocumented Students in the Community College
Participants will hear from a panel of experts in admissions, financial aid, and other student support services from community colleges that include representation from Mesa, Miramar, Palomar, Southwestern, Miracosta and Grossmont Colleges. The panel will address the process for undocumented students as they transition from high school into a community college. Participants will leave with concrete information and handouts to share with their students. This workshop seeks to equip school counselors with up-to-date information that impact undocumented students. Participants will be able to articulate the enrollment process, identify resources and recall the steps to financial aid for undocumented students.
Lillian Garcia, M.A. Director City Heights Educational Collaborative San Diego State University
Melissa Naranjo, Laura Angel-Zavala, Tawnya Pringle, Patricia Hollman & Terena WhiteSchool Counseling Team Hoover High School San Diego Unified School District
Creating A College-going Culture to Support First Generation College Students
The workshop will focus on the design and implementation of a 7-12th grade college preparation model that has high expectations for all students, incorporates targeted and school-wide college preparation initiatives, creates a college preparation vertical alignment between high school and middle school counselors, and works to increase the college knowledge of students, parents and teachers. Workshop presenters will demonstrate how to maximize the effectiveness of the model, how to utilize data to create effective and equitable programming and how to collaborate with college access partners to reach all students, specifically undocumented students. Presenters will share a 7-12th grade guidance curriculum focused on increasing the college going culture, creating a TRiO Alliance of access partners to reach out to more students, and providing community wide college going events.
Developing Plans of Action for Counselors to Support Undocumented Students
For undocumented students some laws and policies can limit and/or open various career and educational opportunities. In this session, participants will learn about resources, often unknown and unique, that can help to better support undocumented students. Attendees will also create plans of action to better support undocumented students. Attendees will also learn about the important role of identity development when supporting undocumented students.
Kristan Venegas, Ph.D Associate professor of Clinical Education Rossier School of Education University of Southern California
Natalie Ruiz Rossier School of Education University of Southern California
Financial Aid Options for AB540 and DACA-mented Students in California: Lessons From the Field
Participants will learn about the financial aid eligibility for AB 540 and students with DACA in California. The presenters will also discuss current policies, important related legislation, and how students have organized as groups and individuals to navigate college and financial aid systems. Participants will also develop an understanding of resources available to students as they navigate the college and financial aid process, and learn about the barriers that undocumented students face. The goal is for participants to use the information shared to identify proactive solutions in their own work with students.
Parent Education in College and Career Readiness
This session will share multiple examples of parent education and training programs led by bilingual school counselors supporting college and career readiness for Latino students. Participants will learn about multiple parent education programs including the work of the College Access Informational Continuum (CAIC). CAIC is developing parent lessons that are taught in Spanish by credentialed bilingual school counselors to meet the linguistic and cultural needs of this underserved population. Results will be shared from multiple schools as well as from an All-Day College and Career Planning Family Academy at UCLA on February 6, 2016.
College Admissions Officers and Undocumented Students: Results from a Baseline Survey
This session will review results from a preliminary needs assessment survey conducted at three public higher education institutions in the state of Maryland. Nineteen staff members at two public universities and community college were surveyed on their knowledge of DACA, Dream Act, and perception of their institutions performance toward undocumented students. Participants will be encouraged to express their experiences, comments and questions at the end of the session for an open dialogue.
Dr. Diana CamiloCoordinator of Special ProjectsConference Co-Chair