February 1, 2016
Did you know that approximately 80,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year?3 Or that Nevada has the highest share of undocumented immigrants (190,000) as a percentage of the population (7.2% compared to 3.7% of U.S. total)?1 Undocumented and DACAmented (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students face unique challenges on the road to higher education. Over the last two years, the NSC Office of Community Engagement & Diversity Initiatives (CEDI) has taken the lead in our state on helping to increase higher ed access and retention for this unique student group.
Who: Amey Esparza, CEDI Program Coordinator & Ruby Ortega, NSC Recruiter
What: Conference Presentation: Serving Undocumented Students
When: Friday, January 29, 2016
Where: ACT Conference, UNLV
Why: NSC is taking a lead in the state on sharing best practices for serving this unique student population
- There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. 2
- Nevada is one of five states in which at least 1 in 10 children in K-12 schools has a parent who is undocumented. 1
- Though limited, there are non-Federal financial opportunities which enable undocumented and DACAmented students to pay for college.
- New Millennium Scholarship guidelines allow students with a low GPA to qualify, if they receive an ACT score of 21 or an SAT score of 990.
- Frequent day-to-day contact can lead to student self-disclosure.
- Best Practices include:
- Enter into the experience of the other person
- Be a witness, not a judge of experience
- Remember that anxiety stems from a fear of rejection or indifference
- Active listening confirms that feelings are legitimate and recognizable
- Best ways to serve these students:
- Create Welcoming and Inclusive Environments
- Stay Informed and Educated
- Share and Provide Resources
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Interested in learning more? Reach out to the NSC DREAMers club or CommunityEngagement@nsc.edu.
*To submit your presentation for the "NSC Presents" series, please contact Yanné Givens at Yanne.Givens@nsc.edu