Best Practices for Serving Undocumented Immigrant Students:

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Event Date/Time: Oct 22, 2008 End Date/Time: Oct 22, 2008
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Best Practices for Serving Undocumented Immigrant Students: 22 October 2008 Online webinar Over 65,000 college-ready undocumented students graduate from our nations high schools each year and this number is likely to increase. As such, higher education professionals are compelled to address the needs of this growing population. College-ready undocumented students have jumped the same hurdles as other college- eligible students, yet they have not been given the same degree of access to higher education. Without improvements in relevant college knowledge, guidance, and financial support, these students, many of whom are among the best their communities have to offer, will continue to be shut out of a system that is virtually their only means for upward mobility. Overview Based on five years of research and practice, this webinar will offer up-to-date information about policies and practices to provide undocumented immigrant students with greater access to higher education. The session will include information about state and federal policies that shape college access for undocumented students and offer best practices for helping undocumented students persist through the college admissions, college attendance, and financial aid acquisition processes. Those in attendance will also receive practical advice on steps they can take to provide direct fundraising support to their students as well as recommendations for ways they can advocate at the local, state, and national level for policies to increase undocumented students access to higher education. Participants will learn the following: *How state and federal education and immigration policies impact college access for undocumented students in their state. *How to assist undocumented students as they apply for college admission. *How to address the unique needs of undocumented college-goers. *How to help undocumented students fundraise to pay for college. *How to help undocumented students develop a network of support once they get to college. *How to help undocumented students improve their potential for employment or graduate school attendance upon college graduation. *How to help undocumented students determine if they are eligible to adjust their residency status. Who Should Attend? Directors of Diversity Admissions Directors & Staff Faculty Directors of Minority Recruitment Other Outreach & Recruitment Staff College & Financial Aid Advisors Enrollment Management Administrators & Staff College Registrars Marketing & Communications Professionals Student Services/Affairs Administrators & Staff Financial Aid Directors & Staff Who is the speaker? Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez is the Executive Director and Founder of Futuros Educational Services, a non-profit organization that provides college- preparatory services to low-income and immigrant youth and professional development for school- based professionals. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Education in the Masters in Teaching Program in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California and a Consultant to the Division of Student Services at Long Beach City College. Her dissertation titled Ready But Restricted: An Examination of the Challenges of College Access and Financial Aid for Undocumented Students in the U.S. examined the challenges encountered by college-ready undocumented high school seniors as they endeavor to make the transition from high school to college. Along with a statewide coalition of undocumented students and advocates, she was instrumental in developing The College and Financial Aid Guide for: AB540 Undocumented Immigrant Students, which has been disseminated to thousands of undocumented students and advocates throughout California. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Enquiries: