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    UC Berkeley’s Undocumented Student Program

    Holistic Strategies for Undocumented Student Equitable Success Across Higher Education

    RUBEN ELIAS CANEDO SANCHEZ AND MENG L. SO
    In this essay, Ruben Elias Canedo Sanchez and Meng L. So share the history and development of the Undocumented Student Program at the University of California, Berkeley. In describing the creation of the program, the authors offer reflections on the strategies employed to holistically support undocumented students’ success on campus. By drawing on their experiences as both students and program leaders, they highlight key lessons on how universities can garner institutional resources, build staff capacity, and develop nontraditional allies for undocumented students.

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    Ruben Elias Canedo Sanchez is the founding research & mobilization coordinator of the Centers for Educational Equity & Excellence (CE3) at the University of California, Berkeley. Along with the executive director of CE3, Ruben focuses on facilitating multilevel efforts to support the success of (i) nontraditional students (first-generation college goers, Pell Grant recipients, underrepresented ethnic minorities, community college transfers, nontraditional-aged undergraduates, student parents, previous foster youth, undocumented students, and veterans), (ii) CE3 staff, (iii) the seven CE3 programs that specialize in the aforementioned nontraditional student communities, (iv) the Division of Equity & Inclusion, and (v) national efforts dedicated to the equitable transformation of higher education. Ruben holds a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellowship and serves as a Global Access to Postsecondary Education Ambassador.

    Meng L. So is the first director of the Undocumented Student Program at UC Berkeley, facilitating efforts to initiate and enact a holistic system of critical support services for undocumented students. The program has quickly emerged as a best practice of support being replicated at other universities in California and nationwide. Today, he sits on the UC Presidential Task Force on Undocumented Students, is a Rockwood Immigrant Rights Fellow, and lends his voice to national efforts to advocate for inclusive immigration policies and a federal Dream Act. His research interests focus on institutional equity, student access, and success, in addition to exploring the intersections of identity formation, storytelling, and activism in higher education.  
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    Fall 2015 Issue

    Abstracts

    “Diles la verdad”
    Deportation Policies, Politicized Funds of Knowledge, and Schooling in Middle Childhood
    SARAH GALLO AND HOLLY LINK
    “My Student Was Apprehended by Immigration”
    A Civics Teacher’s Breach of Silence in a Mixed-Citizenship Classroom
    DAFNEY BLANCA DABACH
    The Art of Unlearning
    CLINT SMITH
    On the Grammar of Silence
    The Structure of My Undocumented Immigrant Writer’s Block
    ALBERTO LEDESMA
    Undocumented Undergraduates on College Campuses
    Understanding Their Challenges and Assets and What It Takes to Make an Undocufriendly Campus
    CAROLA SUÁREZ-OROZCO, DALAL KATSIAFICAS, OLIVIA BIRCHALL, CYNTHIA M. ALCANTAR, EDWIN HERNANDEZ, YULIANA GARCIA, MINAS MICHIKYAN, JANET CERDA, ROBERT T. TERANISHI
    UC Berkeley’s Undocumented Student Program
    Holistic Strategies for Undocumented Student Equitable Success Across Higher Education
    RUBEN ELIAS CANEDO SANCHEZ AND MENG L. SO
    Undocumented Status and Schooling for Newcomer Teens
    ELAINE C. ALLARD
    Editor's Review
    STEPHANY CUEVAS
    Afterword
    Imagined Futures
    ROBERTO G. GONZALES
    Foreword
    Human Rights for Undocumented Students and Their Families
    MARY C. WATERS
    Editors' Introduction
    Dissolving Boundaries: Understanding Undocumented Students’ Educational Experiences
    Untangling Plyler’s Legacy
    Undocumented Students, Schools, and Citizenship
    ROBERTO G. GONZALES, LUISA L. HEREDIA, GENEVIEVE NEGRÓN-GONZALES
    The Unlikelihood of Family
    A Photographic Essay on Transnational Experiences
    CRISTINA LLERENA NAVARRO

    Book Notes

    Everyday Illegal
    Joanna Dreby