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Monday, October 9 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Supporting and Including Immigrant and Undocumented Students in Higher Education (45 mins)

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This presentation focuses on how to better support immigrant students in higher education. First, we will present information about the needs, challenges and strengths of immigrant students. This includes an overview of different visas and documentation statuses, and federal and state policies affecting their higher education access, as well as current experiences of immigrant students. Second, we discuss two examples of strategies to enhance inclusion for immigrant students at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. One is a petition to the university’s Chancellor put together by the Latinx/Hispanic Faculty and Staff Caucus focused on inclusive institutional policies and overall university environment. The other is the development of ‘We Come in Peace’, a student-led organization that supports and advocates for undocumented students at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. We present the progress of these initiatives as well as the ongoing barriers to success.
Building on this information, we will facilitate a workshop in which attendees work on their own strategies for promoting inclusion for immigrant students at their institutions, recognizing that specific strategies depend on their university’s location (state and local policies), student demographics, administration, and existing programs. In particular, attendees identify one initiative they wish to focus on and develop that idea, using feedback from presenters and their fellow attendees. They can bring this back to their university and implement it.

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Elisa Benitez

Graduate Student / Community Organizer, Alerta Migratoria NC
I am currently in the second year of my M.A. program in Latin American Studies at UNC Charlotte. My research is focused on the undocumented youth movement from 2007-present and how their activism transformed the greater conversation on CIR, as well as challenged what it means to be... Read More →

Ana Valdez Curiel

Founder, We Come In Peace
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Claire Schuch

Receptivity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement Postdoctoral Fellow, UNC Charlotte

Monday October 9, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am MDT
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