Emerging Practices for Undocumented Students

Undocumented Student Ally Safe Space Training

The reality of undocumented students in higher education is drastically different to those of their counterpart classmates. Safe space trainings serve as initiatives to create intentional spaces that acknowledge the social and political complications of being undocumented. Important information to include in undocumented student ally safe space training is the breakdown of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—who qualifies and who does not; a resource packet with scholarships that the university offers that requires no social security number; sensitivity training when talking about immigration issues in the classroom; and questions to avoid asking undocumented students, with the intention to avoid secondary trauma, or PTSD triggers.

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Publishing Institutional Statements that are Undocumented Student-Friendly

Undocumented students have been historically told that they “cannot go to college,” which can sometimes discourage them from applying to higher education. A highly effective and emerging practice is for universities to publicly publish statements that state their stand on undocumented students in their institution.

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