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Fresno City College joins community colleges across the state for Undocumented Student Action Week, October 14-18, 2019, to advocate and provide support services for our undocumented students.
As the nation's largest post-secondary education system and serving the largest number of undocumented students within the state, California Community Colleges are committed to serving all students, regardless of immigration status.
This year's action week serves as an opportunity to highlight the challenges our undocumented students face in today's current climate and the advocacy efforts being done on their behalf.
Fresno City College's Dream Center opened in 2015 and serves more than 700 students. Last year, the center had about 2,000 visits that included Dreamers and other students such as asylum students and community members who are interested in enrolling in Fresno City College.
"We want to emphasize to our Dreamers that Fresno City College is committed to their academic and personal success. We want them to know that we will advocate for their futures and help them navigate through sometimes difficult policies and circumstances. We know that through education Dreamers can transform their lives here in the United States, "said Bernardo Reynoso, Director of TRIO and the Dream Center.
In addition to support by Fresno City College and the State Center Community College District, Undocumented Student Action Week is supported statewide by California Community Colleges, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, the Community College League of California, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, and Immigrants Rising.
Below is a schedule of events that will be held at Fresno City College.
Pizza, Socialize & Share Your Story
11am - 12:45pm
Dream Center, OAB 137
Students will kick off the week by socializing and having lunch with other Dream students as they share their unique migrant stories.
Know Your Rights
9am - 12pm
Dream Center, OAB 137
What legal rights do students have and learn how to advocate for immigrant families or peers. Come meet legal experts from the Central Valley to support students in a comfortable space for all.
Film & Panel Discussion
12pm - 2pm
Come join the Dream Center as we watch a screening on immigration, "Beyond the Dream," followed by a panel discussion that includes our Campus President Dr. Carole Goldsmith, lead faculty & staff, community leaders and our students. Bring your own lunch
FCC Supports Dreamers
11am - 1pm
Outside FCC Bookstore
Meet us under the Dream Center Canopy to take selfies and screenshots in support of Dreamers. Join us to highlight campus advocacy of Dreamers. Music & snacks for everyone!
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Statewide Dream leader, Gabriela Encinas, will present a short history of Dreamers and share best practices as we learn how to work together towards students' academic and personal success!