Dreamers convention, though digital, extends its reach
Students from Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento have been amongst members within the 2018 model of the Keeping the Dream Alive convention. This 12 months, though digital, the convention will proceed its work to help undocumented college students and supply assets to that finish. (Sacramento State/Erica Perez)

By Cynthia Hubert

Undocumented college students are the main target of Sacramento State’s “Keeping the Dream Alive” digital convention this week.

The fifth annual convention, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Nov. 19-20, is hosted by the University’s Dreamer Resource Center. Participants can register and discover extra info on the Keeping the Dream Alive webpage.

Students and educators, in addition to counselors, attorneys and others who work with students who’re affected by their immigration standing, are invited to attend. Registration is free for undocumented highschool and faculty college students in California. Cost for others is $100.

Various audio system, panels and periods will spotlight the accomplishments of undocumented college students and discover interventions, applications, curricula and modern practices that promote their educational, private {and professional} success.

By Cynthia HubertPanel discussions, similar to this one in 2018, are among the many choices that distinguish the annual convention. (Sacramento State/Bibiana Ortiz)

The convention shall be totally on-line this 12 months due to considerations about COVID-19. The change to digital presentation created new challenges for organizers, stated Erik Ramirez, the Dreamer Resource Center’s program coordinator.

The digital format, nonetheless, additionally has “allowed us to make the conference accessible to folks across the United States,” Ramirez stated. About 250 individuals are anticipated to participate, together with attendees from throughout California and in Texas, Arizona, Michigan and Utah, he stated.

The opening keynote speaker shall be Lizbeth Mateo, a profitable immigration lawyer in Los Angeles, who’s undocumented.

Mateo was 14 when she and her dad and mom got here to the United States from Mexico in 2000. In 2013, she went again into Mexico and with eight different individuals protested on the U.S.-Mexico border to push for modifications in immigration legal guidelines.

Because she had left the nation to take part within the protest, her software for DACA safety was denied. Mateo graduated from Santa Clara University’s regulation college in 2017, and now has her personal regulation workplace. She is the topic of a documentary, The Undocumented Lawyer, which is scheduled to premiere on HBO Latino subsequent 12 months.

The convention will characteristic info and audio system addressing topics similar to:

  • Delivering authorized companies to college students whose immigration standing is unsure: During the previous 12 months, authorized companies have been made obtainable to CSU college students, school and workers members, and their households. The session will spotlight greatest practices, current dialogue on how info might be safely shared, and supply strategies for a way faculties outdoors the CSU can endeavor to offer authorized companies to their campuses.
  • The results of bilingual and English immersion training in Okay-12 faculties: Featuring audio system from Sac State and the McGeorge School of Law, and a gaggle of undergraduate college students, panelists will share experiences and provide methods for acquiring extra assets for immigrant students.
  • Transitioning to life as a first-generation skilled: The session will discover life as a first-generation particular person within the working world, significantly when undocumented standing is an element. Panelists will share their experiences and provide suggestions to higher put together college students for all times after faculty.
  • Testimonies of three undocumented Latinas of their pursuit of doctoral levels: The presenters will spotlight challenges and obstacles they encountered as undocumented Latinas whereas striving for his or her doctoral levels, and the methods they used to beat these limitations.
  • Increasing undocumented scholar visibility and sense of belonging: Suggestions for creating an setting during which all college students can expertise “compassion, acceptance, and reassurance” throughout their faculty journeys.

Registration continues till the convention begins Thursday morning. Half of all registration charges go to Sac State’s Dreamer Emergency Fund, which helps undocumented college students who’re having surprising monetary points.