NSC Presents: Undocumented Students

February 1, 2016

Did you know that approximately 80,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year?3 Or that Nevada has the highest share of undocumented immigrants (190,000) as a percentage of the population (7.2% compared to 3.7% of U.S. total)?1 Undocumented and DACAmented (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students face unique challenges on the road to higher education. Over the last two years, the NSC Office of Community Engagement & Diversity Initiatives (CEDI) has taken the lead in our state on helping to increase higher ed access and retention for this unique student group.

Who:  Amey Esparza, CEDI Program Coordinator & Ruby Ortega, NSC Recruiter
What:  Conference Presentation: Serving Undocumented Students
When:  Friday, January 29, 2016
Where:  ACT Conference, UNLV
Why:  NSC is taking a lead in the state on sharing best practices for serving this unique student population

ACT Conference

Presentation highlights:

  • There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. 2
  • Nevada is one of five states in which at least 1 in 10 children in K-12 schools has a parent who is undocumented. 1
  • Though limited, there are non-Federal financial opportunities which enable undocumented and DACAmented students to pay for college.
  • New Millennium Scholarship guidelines allow students with a low GPA to qualify, if they receive an ACT score of 21 or an SAT score of 990.
  • Frequent day-to-day contact can lead to student self-disclosure.
  • Best Practices include:
      • Enter into the experience of the other person
      • Be a witness, not a judge of experience
      • Remember that anxiety stems from a fear of rejection or indifference
      • Active listening confirms that feelings are legitimate and recognizable
  • Best ways to serve these students:
      • Create Welcoming and Inclusive Environments
      • Stay Informed and Educated
      • Share and Provide Resources

Financial Aid Comparison

Undocumented Infographic

1 http://www.pewhispanic.org/2014/11/18/chapter-1-state-unauthorized-immigrant-populations/
2 http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/11/19/5-facts-about-illegal-immigration-in-the-u-s/
3 http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/focus/supporting-undocumented-youth.pdf
4 https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/ois_ill_pe_2012_2.pdf 

Interested in learning more? Reach out to the NSC DREAMers club or CommunityEngagement@nsc.edu. 

*To submit your presentation for the "NSC Presents" series, please contact Yanné Givens at Yanne.Givens@nsc.edu