Students Without Borders (SWB)
Our mission is to reach out, motivate, and unite AB 540 students and allies to become educated and active with the importance of higher education. By doing this, we offer resources, such as finding and creating scholarships through fundraising events. Most importantly, we educate ourselves and others about passed and current legislation that affects the community college students and the higher education system. Please contact SWB President Carmen Mendoza for more information, Carmen.Mendoza9455@my.riohondo.edu. UCs DREAMer’s Club
Rising Immigrant Scholars through Education (RISE) is a student run organization whose mission is to cultivate a safe environment for the development and empowerment of the undocumented student community at UC Berkeley. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
R.I.S.E. provides support services, leadership training, and promotes collective empowerment of undocumented students at U.C. Berkeley.
R.I.S.E. is a student-led, student run organization that develops student leadership skills in organizing from the bottom up to create a safe space for undocumented students on campus. As such RISE consciously does not follow a traditional hierarchical structure in governance. Instead RISE acknowledges every member as having equal power and voice by structuring the group based on a consensus decision making process to allow all members to contribute.
DREAMS at UCI mission is to educate, support, and advocate for the rights of undocumented and immigrant students of all nationalities within the UC Irvine community by:
- Providing a safe and welcoming environment for the sharing and building of culturally-diverse personal experiences.
- Creating a sense of social consciousness, promoting political awareness, and encouraging political action for the issues that affect these students.
- Retaining undocumented students in their academic and professional pursuits at UCI.
Students Advocating For Immigrant Rights and Equity (SAFIRE) seeks to provide resources and support that promotes a safe environment for undocumented/DACA/Non-DACA/AB 540 students. With the collaboration of Allies, Faculty, and students, our vision is to raise awareness about the issues undocumented students face, as well as diversifying the image of the undocumented student identity.
DREAM Scholars: Thriving, Not Just Surviving!
You made it to college! You are part of the 5% of the undocumented students who decided to pursue higher education after graduating from high school.
This program aims to provide the students with the necessary tools to achieve their academic and career goals in a safe and receptive environment through campus involvement, research opportunities, and essential faculty and staff guidance. Our main goal is to support students with personalized attention to ultimately help them improve on their academic performance and gain a unique educational experience.
Improving Dreams Equality Access and Success I.D.E.A.S. at UCLA is the official voice of undocumented students in the UCLA campus. Since 2003, Improving Dreams Equality Access and Success at UCLA has been a trailblazer in the immigrant rights movement by giving a face and voice to the issues of immigrant youth on-campus, in the community, and across the nation.
Students Advocating Law & Education (S.A.L.E.) is student run organization to help empower our undocumented community here on campus. Sale@ucmerced.edu
We the members of Students Advocating Law & Education at the University of California, Merced, established to represent and empower undocumented students through awareness and support needed to ensure their access and success in higher education. We do this by providing:
- Information and resources.
- Communities with workshops.
- Legal service referrals.
- Scholarships from donations and earnings from fundraisers
Providing Opportunities, Dreams, and Education in Riverside PODER seeks to provide assistance to undocumented students through mentorship, financial assistance, and community building. PODER is aware that the Riverside community lacks such resources for the immigrant population; therefore PODER serves as a pipeline of information for those in need. PODER.at.UCR@gmail.com
- Educate the community about Assembly Bill 540, CA DREAM Act, Deferred Action, and immigration reform.
- Assist undocumented students in the transition from high school or community college and provide mentorship
- Provide financial assistance through scholarships and/or other resources
- Provide an environment where undocumented students can feel at home with a group of people who understand their struggle
Migrant Rights Awareness (MiRA) strives for change in our community so that all people regardless of immigration status are guaranteed absolute access to equal rights and opportunities and are perceived as being deserving of the same. MiRA is committed to work to make the UCSD campus climate and community inclusive of the undocumented community on and off campus. We seek to promote the need and necessity of resources for undocumented students and students of mixed status families so that they are retained at the university level. Also MiRA strives make it so that UCSD is viewed as more accessible to students who identify as undocumented and may shy away from this university due to the demographic and geographical proximity to the US- Mexico Border and checkpoints.
Improving Dreams Equality Access and Success IDEAS is a community organization at UCSB dedicated to fight for immigrant rights through an intersectional framework. IDEAS is committed to serving undocumented students through financial, academic, social, and emotional support. We are committed to social justice work to empower and heal our communities. We are the first and only undocumented student support group at UCSB. We meet Monday’s at 8pm at El Centro (Bldg 406 behind Davidson Library).
IDEAS was established in 2006 by undocumented students that felt an absence in representation on the UCSB campus and longed for a support group. IDEAS provides financial, academic, and emotional support to all of our students through scholarships, workshops, and by simply having a safe place for undocumented student to share their experiences.
We welcome everyone to be part of IDEAS, even if you are NOT undocumented. We are always looking for new members to join us so we can see new faces!
Chicanxs and Latinxs Educandose (ChALE) purpose is to help retain the Chicanx and Latinx community through academic, cultural, and social events and programming. Is a program committed to increasing the retention and graduation rate for all raza here at UCSC. ChALE can offer social support through its various events and academic support through study hours and free tutoring.
Gente de la Tierra (GDLT) provides a space for students of color and communities to express their struggles on social, economic, environmental and cultural issues through dialogue, art and other forms of activities as a healing process. Community members of GDLT believes bringing awareness is a start to address the current issues with interdisciplinary resolutions from UCSC’s different departments and initiating those issues in communities as a spiritual empowerment movement.
CSUs DREAMer’s Club
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.) is dedicated to promote unity by creating coalitions among Chicanas/os on campus, in our schools y en nuestros barrios. CSUB M.E.Ch.A. prevents the loss of nuestras raices by providing cultural festivities to share and explore nuestras tradiciones. CSUB M.E.Ch.A. exists to provide political awareness to influence the law-making processes for the betterment of nuestra gente. CSUB M.E.Ch.A. offers the necessary assistance to encourage and enable more Chicanas/os to complete a higher education by supporting programs and curriculum which aid in the education of our Chicano students. Nuestra gente and nuestros barrios’ voices are empowered by the objectives and philosophical ideologies of the National Organization, M.E.Ch.A.
Channel Islands Dreamers (CI Dreamers) is a student organization which advocates, promotes and brings awareness to our campus regarding undocumented students and other immigrant issues.
We the members of Keeping Dreams Alive at CSU Channel Islands, take upon the responsibility to encourage undocumented students to obtain a higher education and to promote awareness of the presence of undocumented students at CSU Channel Islands and in the community. We are also committed to the struggle for the self determination and empowerment of undocumented students.
Our mission is to support and educate our members and the community at large about the current immigration issues faced by undocumented students.
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A) are a national student organization who’s purpose is to recruit students into higher education, retain our cultural identity, preserve and study our history, maintain ties with the Chicano community, and to become politically active.
MEChA is committed to advancing the civil and human rights of Chicano/a students on campus and supporting struggles in the community where possible. MEChA does this in the interest of uniting all Raza.
MEChA is aware and proud of the rich culture our people have and express this heritage in art, music, teatro, and baile folklorico presentations.
Espíritu de Nuestro Futuro (E.N.F.) is an Immigrant Student Alliance, ADVOCATES, PROTECTS, and SUPPORTS the rights of undocumented students’ access to higher education.
The purpose of E.N.F. (Espíritu de Nuestro Futuro), an Immigrant Student Alliance, shall be to assist undocumented and AB540 students in attaining their chosen degrees in a higher educational system, to develop the necessary skills as they transition from California State University, Dominguez Hills to graduate school or into the workforce
Undocumented Student Ally Coalition (USAC) at CSU Dominguez Hills was founded in the fall of 2014 by CSUDH faculty, staff, and administrators. USAC currently consists of approximately 40 student, staff, faculty, and administrators who discuss, advocate, and raise awareness of undocumented student issues. In the two years since its inception, a few of USAC’s major accomplishments have been delivery of multiple Undocumented Student Ally Trainings, creation of the Dreamer Ally Decal, co-sponsorship of a Dream Center Forum, and development of the Toro Dreamers Success Center. In the fall of 2016 USAC also partnered with E.N.F. to participate in the National Educators Coming Out Day and host a week-long series of events including Healing Circles, UndocuTalks, an Open Forum, and an Undocumented Student Ally Training. Since its inception, USAC has trained more than 50 faculty, staff, and student allies at CSU Dominguez Hills.
Chicano and Latin American Studies Student Association (CLASSA) is a student organization for those who are currently Chicano and Latin American Studies (CLAS) majors/double majors, minors, and anyone interested in issues that affect the Chicano and Latino community. CLASSA is a space for CLAS students to come together and be surrounded by a peer support system. We are determined to carry on the spirit of El Movimiento to strengthen our communities through the cultural education of our youth and hands-on volunteer work.
Diversity Resilience Education Access Movement Co-operation (D.R.E.M) is dedicated to unifying the undocumented and ally community at CSUF while also advocating on campus and in the broader community for the rights of our undocumented population. We provide tools enabling the advancement of all students. The purpose of D.R.E.M. Co-operation is to
- Bring awareness to the larger community and first generation college students about AB-540, California Dream Act, Deferred Action and any changes pertaining to immigration legislation.
- Provide self-empowerment to its members through moral support, mentorship and unity.
- Facilitate information about financial aid resources for AB-540, undocumented, immigrants, and first-generation students, such as available scholarships, job opportunities, and internships.
- Fundraise to provide opportunities for the advancement of our members
- Advocate on issues relating to the members in the community.
F.R.E.E. (Finding Resources and Empowerment through Education) strives to provide leadership by encouraging advocacy, values, and customs that will lead to the continued recruitment, retention and graduation of low-income and undocumented students. As students of Humboldt State we have noticed that there isn’t resources for students who are low-income and who fall under the AB540 category. F.R.E.E’s goals for this semester are to make this institution a AB-540 friendly/aware campus.
In the past FREE has organized workshops to help high school students pursuit a higher education by providing a college readiness conference. FREE has attended an AB 540 Conference in order to better understand what resources and networks can act as support systems for marginalized students; with this knowledge FREE hopes to make HSU an AB 540 a friendly campus. FREE has facilitated workshops educating our HSU campus and community about:
- Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA)
- AB 540
- AB 130
- AB 131
FREE also does service for the community twice a month and attends Latin@ Net meetings in order to bridge the gap between HSU and the local community. FREE continues to share knowledge and acts as allies to advocate for underrepresented students.
Student Organization-Future Underrepresented Educated Leaders (FUEL) mission is to advocate, educate, and empower the undocumented community at Cal State Long Beach. FUEL advocates for the rights of undocumented students at CSULB through rallies, forums, and workshops. They also educate the undocumented community about resources available to them. But most of all, FUEL supports the undocumented community in any way they can— whether that’s providing a safe space to share their stories, get them connected to allies on campus, or just spending time hanging out. FUEL’s objective is to make sure the undocumented community succeeds here at CSULB.
Students United to Reach Goals in Education S.U.R.G.E. is a student organization founded at California State University, Los Angeles on the principle of promoting higher education among both high school and college students regardless of legal status. Its mission is to encourage and increase the number of students attending and graduating from institutions of higher education through community involvement, scholarships and political activism and advocacy.
-A support network for undocumented students and allies at Cal State L.A.
- We share our day to day experiences, struggles, and successes with each other.
-We provide each other with academic support and information about financial resources.
- Undocumented students are unique, and they need different resources than regular students.
-A politically active student organization that advocates for legislation that empowers immigrant communities.
- Membership is not limited to Undocumented Students. All interested students are invited to join and encouraged to participate.
Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD) was started in 2012 by three undocumented college students who were actively pursuing careers in health and science. In 2013, PHD became a project of E4FC. In 2015 a group of dedicated Cal State LA students became the first university students to start a chapter of PHD.
PHD supports undocumented young people by serving as: 1) a trusted community of undocumented students, 2) a resource of unprecedented knowledge on related career pathways, and 3) an advocate for increased access to health careers and health care for the undocumented community. In just three years, PHD has made considerable progress in making health professions programs more accessible to undocumented young people.
Dreams To Be Heard provides a support system for AB-540 or any students who are struggling to reach their higher educational goals and to educate students and faculty about the AB-540 legislation.
We are students who know and understand from first-hand experience that being an undocumented student at CSUN is difficult; paying for school, commuting and working are some of our daily challenges as dreamers. This message is to invite you to get involved or connected with an organized club of students.
Some of the benefits of participating with D2BH are:
- Network with other dreamers about scholarships, internships, and job opportunities.
- Meet students from different fields of study who understand your situation.
- Make a difference in the lives of our immigrant communities.
Recently, Governor Brown signed two bills which are known as the CA Dream Act (AB 130 and AB 131). It took a statewide coordinated effort to pass one of the most progressive financial aid bills which will benefit many dreamers. Dreams to be Heard was one of the many groups who ensured the passage of the CA Dream Act this year!
Student Demand for Equality in Education (also Demanda Estudiantil Para La Igualdad Educacional)
We, members of the Associated Student Body of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona have gathered for the purpose of forming an organization whose members shall offer support for those AB540 students to continue their education through college graduation. Additionally, through campus and community involvement, we will raise awareness of the bill and continue to support additional legislative support of undocumented students
Lead Empower and Achieve with Determination (L.E.A.D) purpose is to reach out, motivate, and unite undocumented youth, AB540 students, and allies at Sacramento State, with the purpose of helping students reach a higher education while addressing immigration policy.
MeMovimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A) is a student organization that promotes higher education, cultural, and historia. MECha was founded on the principles of self-determination for the liberation of our people. We believe that political involvement and education is the avenue for change in our society.
Undocumented Advocates encourage, promote, advocate and further the education of undocumented and ally students by raising general resources available to them. Undocumented Advocates @ CSUSB is a student organization and support network for all students regardless of their social and immigration status at California State University, San Bernardino and across diverse communities. We form a camaraderie of people working together, networking, advocating, sharing our day-to-day experiences, struggles, and successes, to fulfill our personal and educational goals.
Transfronterizo Alliance Student Organization (T.A.S.O.) purpose is to create an inclusive campus environment for SDSU students who live a transborder lifestyle in the San Diego, CA and Tijuana, Mexico border region. The Transfronterizo Alliance Student Organization is a culturally based student organization designed to build community among college students who live a transborder lifestyle in the San Diego-Tijuana border region and allies by implementing presentations, discussions, activities, and programs relevant to their experiences, identity and culture.
Education Without Borders (EWB) at San Diego State University is a student organization that aims to highlight the issues affecting, and create a support system for, undocumented and other marginalized students which encourages diversity and the right to equal access of education. The Organization is comprised of undocumented students and allies with common goals
Improving Dreams, Equity, Access and Success (IDEAS) is an organization at San Francisco State University advocating for AB540 and undocumented students. Its purpose is to encourage and empower immigrant students, especially AB540 students, to continue higher education by organizing events that will provide them with information on scholarships, legislative updates and resources to ultimately help them achieve their goals and reach their full potential.
Improving Dreams, Equity, Access and Success (IDEAS) was formed to bring together students from different majors and backgrounds to share and collaborate on innovative ideas. Our goals are to use student’s knowledge of skills sets, interests and passion to create projects then design these projects. We use professional networking, technology, creativity, science and the tools necessary to get ideas going. We believe that there are two crucial factors in any successful idea – a well-connected team AND the required resources. Here in Silicon Valley, I.D.E.A.S. builds your dreams.
Student Advocates for Higher Education (SAHE) at San José State University are motivated students mobilizing to create a strong student support group for undocumented immigrants (high school and college students). Under California’s AB540 law, undocumented students who complete at least three years of High School in California are now eligible to pay resident tuition. However, these students still remain as undocumented and hence cannot receive federal financial aid, participate in most internship programs, work study, etc., due to their unfortunate immigrant legal status. Can you see the problem? Therefore, the purpose of SAHE is to encourage and increase the number of undocumented immigrant students attending and graduating from institutions of higher education. In addition, SAHE encourages active involvement in actions to change the status quo. SAHE promotes the advancement of “AB540 students” through community service, scholarship, leadership, and other educational resources. SAHE welcomes those who believe in our cause.
Movimiento Estudiantil Xicano Aztlan (MEXA) strives for the success for our gente. Many dream to reach a higher education, many make it, and we help them stay here! At the same time we inform our gente about issues which effect us and aid them with making the correct decisions.
The goals of MEXA are to promote and recruit students into higher education, retain our cultural identity, preserve and study our history, maintain ties with the Xicano community, and become politically active. Our guiding documents are El Plan de Aztlan, El Plan de Santa Barbara, and the Philosophy of M.E.X.A.
Rising Immigrant Students for Education (RISE) provides support services, leadership training and promotes collective empowerment of AB540 students at Cal Poly to stand for equal access and affordable higher education.
Standing Together As oNe Dream (S.T.A.N.D.) former Espiritu de Nuestro Futuro purpose is to empower and inspire all immigrant youth to succeed in their academic career and use that platform to mobilize their respective communities. S.T.A.N.D. enhances the educational experience of its members by offering such opportunities as: mentoring, scholarships, guest speakers, workshops, lecturers and other resources. Our efforts on campus include working towards social justice and to raise awareness about the many challenges that immigrant youth and their families face. We achieve this by actively participating in civic and political engagement. Students that for a part of S.T.A.N.D. are provided with support, backing, encouragement and networking opportunities.
Border Angels de CSUSM is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on issues related to the US-Mexican border. Border Angels engages in community education and awareness programs that include guided trips to the desert to place water along migrant crossing routes as well as to the border to learn about the history of US-Mexico border policy and experience the border fence firsthand.
Undocu-Scholars Coalition (USC) purpose is to provide and support current and future undocumented Sonoma State University students and their allies, enabling them to succeed. Providing services such as information for undocumented individuals and other groups such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), License information (AB-60), California Dream Act, and AB-540 to broaden their knowledge in order to educate them and their community. As well as work with students and provide scholarships for participating members. We will also fund raise to visit other universities for students that interested in graduate school. As students in privileged spaces, such as a four-year university, we will give back to our community by giving presentations and outreach to middle school and high schools. Most importantly we will encourage parent involvement to create support in order to strengthen the Latino community in Sonoma County.
Movimiento Estufiantil Chicano de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A) promotes higher education, social justice, culture, and history by hosting weekly meetings, educational events and entertaining socials.