Best Practices

RAPID RESPONSE BRIEFING: ICE's SEVP Guidance for International Students and Higher Education

July 10, 2020

This rapid response briefing addressed the new and disturbing July 6th guidance and forthcoming rule by ICE, which includes preventing international students from continuing their study in the U.S.—and putting them at risk of deportation—if enrolled in all online classes or attending institutions that continue with all online classes for Fall 2020. Speakers explained what we know and don't know about the new guidance, shared crucial campus and student perspectives, and discussed potential litigation and advocacy opportunities.

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RAPID RESPONSE BRIEFING: June 22 Presidential Proclamation & Its Impacts on Higher Education and Other Sectors

June 25, 2020

This rapid response briefing addressed the June 22 Presidential Proclamation that continues the suspension of immigrant visas and extends the suspension to include certain international workers and professionals. Who is affected by the Proclamation? What are the impacts on higher education and other sectors? How should we engage? The briefing featured leading immigration legal experts, litigators, student voices, and campus perspectives.

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RAPID RESPONSE BRIEFING: Implications of Supreme Court’s Decision on DACA

June 22, 2020

The Supreme Court has ruled that the administration’s attempt to end DACA in September 2017 is unlawful. The one-hour briefing featured higher education, immigration, legal, and policy experts who addressed the implications of the Supreme Court decision on DACA. It provided an overview and analysis of the decision; its implications for current and prospective DACA recipients; impact on colleges and universities; and opportunities for state, federal, and higher ed advocacy. This briefing featured the perspectives of college and university system presidents and the next practical, advocacy, and support steps that campuses now can take to support undocumented students.

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BRIEFING: COVID-19 Crisis and the Impact on International Populations in Higher Education and Beyond

May 12, 2020

This briefing featured immigration legal and policy experts who addressed the issues affecting international populations in higher education and beyond to the workplace due to the COVID-19 crisis. The briefing also featured the perspectives of senior campus leaders in a discussion moderated by one of the leading journalists engaged in international education issues as well as advocacy and action steps that campuses can take now.

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WEBINAR: How to Create Non-Employment Based Fellowships and Other Funding Opportunities for Undocumented Students

April 30, 2020

This in-depth webinar helped college administrators and faculty explore options to create non-employment-based fellowships and other funding options for undocumented students. Speakers addressed support for undocumented students, funding options, research and teaching fellowship structures, internship opportunities, and other initiatives. Following overviews on funding options and types of fellowship structures, administrators and faculty at public and private institutions discussed programs they have set up and lessons learned.

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WEBINAR: COVID-19 Crisis and the Impact on Undocumented/DACA Students and Their Families: What Campus Leaders Need to Know

April 27, 2020

This one-hour briefing featured immigration, legal, policy, and student support experts who addressed the issues affecting undocumented and DACAmented students and their families, the applicability of COVID-19 legislation and other relief measures to undocumented immigrant populations and DACA recipients in particular, the impact of government immigration-related actions in the wake of the crisis, and emergent student needs.

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WEBINAR: COVID-19 Briefing: How International & Immigrant Populations in Higher Education are Impacted, What Campuses Leaders Need to Know

March 27, 2020

This one-hour briefing featured immigration, legal, and policy experts who addressed the legal and regulatory issues impacting international students, scholars and others in higher education, outstanding questions for campuses, and the impact of recent government immigration-related actions in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

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WEBINAR: Higher Education and Immigration Public Charge: What Colleges Need to Know

March 20, 2020

Now that the new federal regulation on immigration public charge is taking effect, college and university administrators are scrambling to answer questions from students, faculty and other staff about how the new rule will affect them. This timely, informative webinar will provide a basic overview of the new rule and how it is reshaping the green-card application process for millions of immigrants.

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WEBINAR: Alternative Income and Career Options for Undocumented Students: How Colleges Can Help

March 6, 2020

This March 4, 2020 webinar was designed specifically for campus staff and faculty who want to understand and explore the career, income and funding options open to undocumented students and alumni who may not have work authorization. Undocumented people without DACA or TPS can have a career and earn a living.

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WEBINAR: Alternative Income and Career Options for Undocumented Students

February 25, 2020

This recorded webinar is geared for students and alumni who may not have DACA or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and for those who do hold these statuses but worry that it might end. No matter what comes, there are options! On campus, you may be eligible for research, learning or teaching fellowships that are not employment-based or scholarships providing funding for your education and living expenses. And, beyond campus, undocumented people without DACA or TPS can pursue careers and incomes, including owning your own business, independent contracting, and worker cooperatives. Hear from Iliana Perez of Immigrants Rising and Anh-Thu of Democracy at Work Institute, and a panel of alumni and students pursuing these opportunities.

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Hispanic National Bar Association: DREAMer Initiative — Advocating for Equal Access to Financial Aid for Dreamers through Private, State, and Institutional Partners

The Hispanic National Bar Association created a toolkit to empower advocates, lawyers, students, and others to expand equal access to financial aid for Dreamers through private, state, and institutional actors. The toolkit provides the resources and tools to:

  • Encourage private scholarships and foundations to rescind any “citizenship” requirement.
  • Educate state legislature on the importance of Dreamer-friendly laws, especially around higher education access and tuition.
  • Contact alma matters and other educational institutions and encourage them to adopt Dreamer-friendly admission and financial aid policies.

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Learning Circle – Helping Undocumented Students Pay for College: Learning from Higher Ed Innovators

Income Sharing Agreements: An emerging model to help DREAMers pay for their education and build a sustainable funding model

  • A presentation by Kevin James, President of Better Future Forward, on the use of Income Sharing Agreements to help undocumented students pay for college
  • A discussion with Matthew Gianneschi, Chief Operating Officer, Colorado Mountain College, and Ricshawn Adkins Roane, Chief of Staff, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation on why and how they have adopted their versions of the ISA model

Financial Aid for DREAMers: Opening Existing and New Financial and Scholarship Aid to DREAMers – Overcoming Barriers and Challenges

  • Review of opportunities, challenges and barriers to opening financial and scholarship aid to DREAMers with Candy Marshall
  • A discussion with John Smarrelli, President Christian Brothers University, Melissa Pizzo, Executive Director of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, Arizona State University, and Miriam Feldblum on the use of endowments, institutional aid, tuition discounts or waivers and private scholarship funds to help DREAMers pay

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Supporting Undocumented Students via Resource Centers: What Institutions can Learn from New Research and Best Practices

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, TheDream.US, and the UndocuScholars Project at UCLA co-sponsored this webinar presenting the findings of two new studies: “In Their Own Words, Higher Education, DACA & TPS: Results from a National Survey of TheDream.US Scholars;” and “Undocumented Student Resource Centers (USRCs): Institutional Supports for Undocumented Students.” Leaders from USRCs discuss their effective practices and how to start, run, and sustain these centers.

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Supporting Undocumented Students