A discussion about best practices for working with undocumented students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) through the study abroad process. Working with students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status can be difficult and confusing at times. Participants will develop an understanding of DACA, advance parole and working with undocumented students to study abroad. The presentation will introduce the basics of DACA through an overview of the basic terms and definitions while also contextualizing DACA in relation to study abroad. We’ll touch on outreach, advising, working with students through the process of pre-departure, while abroad and finally, re-entry. We’ll also talk about strengthening on-campus collaborations and working with on-site partners and how those collaborations can provide opportunities for making your institution more DACA-friendly and “undocu-friendly”.
Nicole Desjardins Gowdy, Director of Study Abroad - Pomona College
Erica Jorgenson, M.A., Study Abroad Advisor - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Carol Reyes, Director of Global Student Programs - Miami Dade College
The Diversity Network hosts an annual series of community discussions for professionals interested in issues of access, inclusion, and diversity in education abroad and international student and scholar services. Participants are able to join discussions from the comfort of their office or coordinate a group of colleagues to participate together.
During these 60-minute online discussions, experts in the field are invited to facilitate discussions intended to highlight key issues and areas of potential advocacy to ensure the next generation of young people are provided with equitable access and support to high-impact global education opportunities. Participants are provided with key discussion questions to consider ahead of the live conversation to set the groundwork for this interactive forum.
Community Discussions will consist of:
Introduction of Facilitators (5 min)
Guidelines for constructive participation (5 min)
Description of the discussion topic including relevant history/background, current trends/statistics/terminology, & an outline of key questions for community discussion (20 min)
Community discussion with attendees (25 min)
Closing remarks, resources, & suggested opportunities for advocacy (5 min)