In order for the college access program to achieve its mission of educational equity for all students regardless of status, involvement of and partnerships with educators and administrators is essential. From being resources for students to helping to fight for institutional changes, there are many ways for educators to be involved!
Being an Ally to Your Students
Be Informed: Students will look to you for resources, especially because resources for undocumented students can be heard to find. See below for some great resources and links!
Set up a Presentation: We have presentations for students so that they know how to get involved and where the resources are. We carefully designed our presentation to be relevant to students regardless of their immigration status. Our presentations focus on the power youth have to make an impact while also talking about undocumented students so that if there are some in the room, they feel a connection and get the resources they need.
Partner with Us: We know that real impact happens through long-term partnerships with educators and schools. We want to partner with you. We can work together to make sure that your classroom and school are welcoming and supportive of undocumented students. Help us to make sure all counselors and staff at your school have the information they need to help students succeed. Reach out to us to talk about your individual school needs and how we can work together.
Get Trained: Connecticut Students for a Dream offers trainings to educators, administrators, and community programs to help you better support and advocate for undocumented students. These trainings run anywhere from 45 minutes – 1 hour for small groups to full 4 hour trainings for the district or regional level. Contact us to set up a training (contact information below). We also host an annual conference if you are interested in taking your knowledge to the next level! Find out more about the conference here.
Be an Advocate: We know that as an educator, you are on the front lines, seeing the way that educational inequities directly affect students and it can be very frustrating when you do not have the knowledge or the time to advocate. With us, it is easy to get involved in advocacy efforts that can have real, positive impacts for students. Educator voices are extremely important in working on changes to the education system. You can contact your legislator, write a letter, or organize your students to get involved. Reach out to us to find out how you can help!
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College Access - Educator Resources
Below you will find links to specific resources on guiding undocumented students through the college process, information about our College Access Program, tips for educators on how to create welcoming schools and campuses, and suggestions for how colleges and universities can better support students. All of the Resources below can also be accessed at this link: http://bit.ly/C4Dundocuresources.
CT Private College Guide - Information about admissions, financial aid, and people that you can contact at private colleges in Connecticut to get the information that you need!
Boston School Counselors College List - Resources put together by Boston Public School Counselors that includes a list of private colleges around the country that give large scholarships to undocumented students.
My Undocumented Life Private College List - List put together on the website My Undocumented Life that includes private schools that accept undocumented students as domestic students and consider them for financial aid from the school.
College Planning Information for Undocumented Students & Families:
10 Tips for Undocumented Students (also available in Spanish) - Basic information on applying to college for undocumented students put together by CT undocumented students.
Common College Terms - Common terms used when talking about college admissions, financial aid, and the general college experience.
Junior College Planning Calendar - College planning calendar with information specifically for undocumented juniors that goes over what you should be doing when to get prepared for college.
Senior College Planning Calendar - College planning calendar with information specifically for undocumented seniors that goes over what you should be doing when to get prepared for college
College Planning Parent Guide (also available in Spanish) - Guide developed by Educators for Fair Consideration that helps undocumented parents and parents of undocumented students better understand the college process and how they can support their students.
C4D College Access Program
C4D College Access Program (also available in Spanish) - Brochure with information about CT Students for a Dream’s College Access Program and the support that we provide for you and how you can get in contact with us!
College Access Program Information for Educators - Brochure with information about the CT Students for a Dream’s College Access Program and the support we can provide students, educators, and schools.
Supporting Undocumented Students
12 Things Educators can do to Support Students - Tips on what educators can do right now and moving forward to support undocumented students at your school and in the college process.
Tips for High School Educators - Tips from the Department of Higher Education on what educators can do to support students at their schools.
Taking Action Guide - A United We Dream guide on different actions that educators can take to support students and make their schools more welcoming for undocumented students.
Counselor Training PowerPoint - PowerPoint used for school counselor trainings that includes information on the undocumented student experience, the college process, and how educators can support undocumented students in their schools.
C4D Professional Development Handout - Want a professional development session/training at your school or for your department? This handout will tell you more about what we offer in our trainings and how to set one up!
Resources for College Staff & Faculty
College Educator Tips - Tips from the Department of Higher Education on how to make colleges and universities more welcoming spaces for undocumented students and what individual faculty and staff can do to create a welcoming environment.
Taking Action Guide - A United We Dream guide on different actions that educators can take to support students and make their campus more welcoming for undocumented students.
Other Educator Resources
Department of Education Guide - A guide created by the Department of Education in 2016 that includes tips for educators, scholarship lists, and other resources for undocumented students.