Supporting the Dream: Policies and Best Practices for Becoming a Strong Ally to Undocumented Students and Families
Friday, April 19, 2019 - 8:00am
Supporting the Dream: Policies and Best Practices for Becoming a Strong Ally to Undocumented Students and Families

As the national discussion around immigration and related policies continues to shift in a changing political climate, it is critical that educators, professionals, and community members are informed about how state and federal policies impact undocumented students, as well as the steps they can take to support the undocumented students and families they serve.

Participants in this training will be provided with up-to-date information about the policies and legal decisions that shape access to education, financial aid, employment, permanent residency or citizenship, and a sense of safety for undocumented students and families in their community so they are better able to advocate on their behalf and provide much-needed support and services.

Friday, April 19 | 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

University Place Hotel & Conference Center, 310 SW Lincoln St, Portland, OR 97201


  • Gain a better understanding of state and federal education and immigration policies that create or hinder opportunities for undocumented students and families in their state
  • Gain insight into the educational barriers experienced by undocumented students
  • Learn how to assist undocumented students and families in need of various forms of support
  • Learn best practices for assisting undocumented students as they prepare for and transition to higher education, seek financial support for their education, and endeavor to gain employment
  • Gain a better understanding of how to identify resources, providers of legal support, and other “know your rights” information for undocumented students and families


Paz Maya Olivérez is senior associate vice president of Student Affairs & Dean of Students at California State University, Stanislaus and a 2018 recipient of the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award from the National Center for the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition. For the last 15 years, she has worked in various capacities to support the college access, completion, and employment of undocumented immigrant students and was instrumental in developing the “The College & Financial Aid Guide for: AB540 Undocumented Students” along with a statewide coalition of undocumented students and allies, which was disseminated to more than 25,000 students, parents, educators, and allies throughout the state of California and beyond. She holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of Southern California, a master’s in counseling from California State University, Long Beach and a bachelor’s degree in sociology.


8:00 to 8:30 a.m. Registration and coffee
8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Who are undocumented immigrants?

Relevant state and federal policies

Barriers to educational success

10:30 to 10:45 p.m. Break
10:45 to noon Student panel and discussion
noon to 1 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1 to 2:30 p.m. Supporting undocumented students
2:30 to 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 to 4 p.m.

Case study and scenarios

Resources, questions and wrap-up


General: $100

Students: $30


Select "Workshop Fees," then enter the amount ($100 for general admission; $30 for students), your name, and "April 19" under the description.

  Offered for .65 CEUs, introductory level, professional area

This training is sponsored by the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department.