SBVC Declares “We are All DREAMers” in Undocumented Student Action Week

we are all dreamersServing the largest population of undocumented students in the state, California Community Colleges are committed to serving ALL students, regardless of immigration status. Undocumented Student Action Week is a system-wide campaign to advocate and provide support resources for our undocumented student population.

During the week, SBVC held numerous events to engage in advocacy and support efforts in solidarity with undocumented students throughout the state, claiming “We are All DREAMers.” A “Know Your Rights” seminar helped students get legal assistance and advice related to rights as immigrants from legal experts, and even gave tips on how to advocate for immigrant families or peers. “Art for Healing” explained how the movement used art and politics to create activism, then allowed attendees use art as an outlet for expression.

A series of webinars were available to provide additional support and information for undocumented students, faculty and staff at California's community colleges. Topics included pursuing sustainable funding for undocumented student programming, accessing reputable legal support, paying for college through financial aid and scholarships, and demystifying Dream Resource Centers. The Arts, Lectures & Diversity Committee presented an Undocumented Student Film Fest, showing special screenings of movies that explore political and personal topics of immigrants and undocumented individuals.

The week ended with an ally training for campus staff and faculty, aiming to increase the SBVC community’s awareness of the unique needs of undocumented students. Attendees were able to learn about the history, legislation, and experiences of undocumented students in higher education, helping to bring awareness about our about resources available to students attending San Bernardino Valley College.