Best Practices

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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Campus Checklist to Prepare for a Supreme Court DACA Decision

March 3, 2020

To assist campuses in their planning for a Supreme Court decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), in February of 2020, the Presidents’ Alliance convened a group of campus, higher education, and immigration advocacy stakeholders. During this session, participants created this checklist representing the top five priorities campuses can consider engaging in to prepare for a decision.

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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