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Monday, October 9 • 10:15am - 11:00am
Serving Undocumented Students and their Families (45 mins)

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Over the years, access to post-secondary education has been elusive for undocumented students. Immigration policy, lack of financial assistance, and school infrastructure are some of the impediments that challenge undocumented students in their pursuit of higher education. While undocumented students have access to free public K-12 education, once they graduate high school they are left on their own by the public educational system (Frum, 2007). The purpose of this presentation is to highlight California State University, San Bernardino’s (CSUSB) approach to serving the growing number of undocumented students entering the university.
In order to determine the needs of these students, university staff conducted a series of intentional interventions, including telemarketing campaigns, email communication, and focus groups. Through this process, the university was able to capture information from undocumented students regarding the challenges they face as they navigate their way in a college setting. The findings prompted CSUSB educational leaders to take transformational steps to change the culture of the campus to attract, support, and graduate this emerging student population. First, the presentation will provide an overview of the feedback provided by students. Second, the presentation will detail the strategies implemented to address the student feedback. Finally, the presentation will discuss current immigration policies and the steps CSUSB is taking to continue serving the undocumented student population and their families.

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Maria Barragan

Undocumented Student Success Center Coordinator, California State University, San Bernardino
María Barragan is the coordinator of the Undocumented Student Success Center at California State University, San Bernardino. She is a Latinx woman and a formerly undocumented individual. María was born in Guadalajara, México and she arrived in the United States with her family... Read More →

Yadira Ortiz

Admission Counselor, California State University San Bernardino
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Olivia Rosas

AVP Student Success and Educational Equity, CSU San Bernardino
Ms. Rosas has been in higher education for over 30 years and has served in various roles at Cal State University San Bernardino. She has experience in all areas of enrollment management and currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Student Success & Educational Equity and... Read More →

Monday October 9, 2017 10:15am - 11:00am MDT
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