El Camino College Supports Undocumented Students with an Action Week, October 14-18, 2019
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El Camino College Supports Undocumented Students with an Action Week, October 14-18, 2019

El Camino College joins community colleges across the state for Undocumented Student Week of Action, October 14-18, 2019, to advocate and provide services for undocumented students. A week full of activities designed to support and build awareness of undocumented students is planned, with students, faculty and staff invited to participate. 

“El Camino College is committed to serving all students, regardless of immigration status,” said El Camino College President Dena P. Maloney. “While undocumented students face unique struggles, El Camino College continues to support this vulnerable population by providing resources and information they need to successfully pursue higher education.” 

Support is available to El Camino College’s undocumented students throughout their educational journey. The college’s Undocumented Student Task Force, established in 2016, coordinates campus efforts and provides information for students who need assistance. Additionally, the Task Force collaborates with student organizations and academic divisions to connect students with specific resources. 

Students can also receive on-campus help with Dream Act applications and financial aid. Recent efforts have expanded to include high school outreach and student health workshops. Parallel work by students and the college’s Student Equity Advisory Council have resulted in a monthly student empowerment dialogue series. Students can also join the A.H.E.A.D. (Achieving Higher Education for All Dreamers) Club, which offers a peer support network, among other activities. 

Since President Trump’s 2017 announcement to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the status and safety of undocumented students on our campus has been uncertain. Lack of action by Congress on DACA and American Dream and Promise Act (H.R.6), as well as recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids and detentions have only exacerbated the problem causing fear among our undocumented student population. 

This year’s action week serves as an opportunity to highlight the challenges undocumented students face in today’s current climate, while also advocating for Congress to take immediate legislative action on important federal policies and providing resources to better assist undocumented students on college campuses. Undocumented Student Action Week is supported statewide by California Community Colleges, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, the Community College League of California, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, and Immigrants Rising. 

Scheduled events throughout Undocumented Student Week of Action at El Camino College include:

Monday, October 14
1-2 p.m. ~ ITEC 229
Undocu-Entrepreneur Workshop
Participants will learn about becoming an entrepreneur and starting a business, including information about different types of business structures and tax filing/documents.

Tuesday, October 15
12:45-2 p.m. ~ Alondra Room
DREAMER's Luncheon
This by-invitation event features a luncheon with guest speaker Manuel Cruz, a recent UCLA graduate and former ECC student, who will share his success story. 

Wednesday, October 16
5:30-8 p.m. ~ Alondra Room
Movie Night: “Waking Dream”    
This film weaves together the stories of six undocumented young people as they sit in limbo between deportation and a path to citizenship. 

Thursday, October 17
1-2 p.m. ~ Stadium Room
Student Undocu-Allyship Workshop
Students learn how to support one another by creating a sense of community, belonging and learning, while discovering how the college can best support their needs. Emphasis is placed on tangible ways students can take action.

Friday, October 18
8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ~ Distance Education Room
UndocuAlly Training (High School Counselors Only)
Area high school counselors are invited to attend this workshop to better understand policies that impact college access and gain valuable knowledge to refer undocumented students to resources for legal and financial support.

Students, allies, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to join this week of action, which is sponsored by the Undocumented Student Task Force. For more information or to RSVP for specific events, view: https://www.elcamino.edu/student/studentservices/financialaid/ab540/events.aspx

October 8, 2019