Undocumented Student Action Week

October 18-22, 2021

Undocumented Student Action Week (USAW) Purpose

The purpose of USAW at North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD) is to provide support, resources, and learning opportunities to our undocumented student population and districtwide community. Through this districtwide week-long campaign we aim to foster a welcoming environment for all students regardless of their immigration status. Grads to Be Programs at Cypress College, Fullerton College, and North Orange Continuation Education (NOCE) staff have combined efforts to provide the NOCCCD  community with this year’s USAW. You can register for our virtual events below.

At the state level, this is the 5th year an Undocumented Student Action Week, is held. During the week of October 18-22, 2021, California’s community colleges are encouraged to engage in advocacy and support efforts in solidarity with undocumented students throughout the state. 

If you are interested in events held state-wide please visit the Community College League of California website for more information.

Undocumented Student Action Week (USAW) is a statewide effort led by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), the Community College League of California (League), and the Foundation for California Community Colleges (FoundationCCC), with support from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC)Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC), Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC)Campaign for College OpportunityImmigrants Rising, California Undocumented Higher Education CoalitionSouthern California College Access Network (SoCal CAN)Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU)El Camino CollegeCollege of the CanyonsButte CollegePalomar College, and Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC).

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AB540 Conference Hosted by Immigrants Rising (Monday, October 18, 2021 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Hosted By: Immigrants Rising 

Description: AB 540 was a victory won by students and educators across the state calling for equitable access to higher education. Their hard work fueled future victories, including the passage of the California Dream Act, institutional support at California colleges and universities, as well as opportunities for state licensure and entrepreneurship! Since then, an entire generation of undocumented and other eligible students have graduated from California’s colleges and universities and made invaluable contributions that resonate throughout this state. However, thousands more still have not been unable to achieve their academic and career goals. This virtual conference will bring together legislators, administrators, educators, students, and community members from across California to celebrate the successes created through AB 540! Join us to commemorate this important legislation and highlight institutional support efforts — as well as build a statewide plan to reduce barriers and propose legislative solutions. Together we can advocate for the equitable implementation of AB 540 across the CCCs, CSUs, and UCs.

Target Audience: Administrators, Faculty, Staff, Students

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Immigration Updates with CHIRLA (Monday, October 18, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm)

Presenters: AnnMarie Ruelas and The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA

Description: There are constant immigration legislation changes at the federal and state levels. This session is focused on informing the NOCCCD community about contemporary legislation updates.

Target Audience: Administrators, Faculty, Staff, Students

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UndocuAlly Training Part 1: An Introduction to the Undocumented Community (Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Presenters: Grads to Be Program Staff

Description: In this training, we discuss key terms, the rights and benefits on the basis of ones immigration status, highlight the diversity of the undocumented community, dismantle theDREAMer Narrative, and explore the challenges undocumented students experience.

Target Audience: Administrators, Faculty, Staff, Student Employees, Student Leaders

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Migration, Borders, and Citizenship: A Discussion with Dr. Villegas (Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm)

Presenter: Dr. Paloma Villegas, Sociology Professor at CSU San Bernardino

Description: Join Dr. Villegas to discuss and explore the intersections of migration as it relates to borders, citizenship, race, gender, and class followed by a reflection exercise and Q&As. Click Here for Flyer

Target Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

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Personal Financial Planning: The Three Step Building Block Approach (Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm)

Presenter: Esteban Muñoz (Financial Advisor with M&A Investment Services)

Description: Learning to maneuver the world of finance starts with managing your personal financial budget. We all have things that occur involuntarily like, we collect our paychecks and we pay our bills. We watch money coming in and money going out, but the majority of people do not have structure to this process. We will be discussing the importance of having structure in our personal finances, how to apply that structure, where to start and how to create a road map to financial success. When we take the time to create our own personal financial plan we can create future goals and objectives and make them easily attainable. Please join us in learning the secrets to personal financial success by applying general financial planning structure and principles.

Key topics include: Budgeting, financial planning and general structure, financial tools used for each part of our personal budget and financial plan, the difference types of investments available and how to get started.

Target Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

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UndocuAlly Training Part 2: Supporting and Working with Undocumented Students (Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Presenters: Grads to Be Program Staff

Description: In this training we will conceptualize the termUndocuAlly, outline Allyship steps, inform about effective strategies, and discuss best practices when working with undocumented students.

Target Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

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Undocumented Student Transfer Panel: Where Are They Now? (Friday, October 22, 2021 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm)

Facilitator: AnnMarie Ruelas, EOPS/CARE, CalWORKs, Guardian Scholars & Grads to Be Program Director, Cypress College

Panelists: Undocumented Students who have transferred from Cypress College, Fullerton College, and NOCE to 4 year univiersties

Description: A majority of undocumented students are pipelined to the community college system due to the financial, professional, and circumstantial challenges they face. Additionally, experiencing imposter syndrome, academic rigor, and other challenges of life can create a sense of not belonging. Through this panel, we aim to dismantle challenges by exposing participants to experiences and strategies developed by former NOCCCD students who transferred to 4-year universities. 

Target Audience: Administrators, Faculty, Staff, Students

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Marketing Materials

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Professional Development Opportunities

More ways to get involved with the undocumented community during and after USAW