Educators Conference: Working Together to Support Immigrant Students
Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)
New Brunswick, NJ
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The New Jersey Dream Act Coalitionisan immigrant youth led support and advocacy group for undocumented students in New Jersey and is recognized nationwide for its outstanding work in immigrant student activism. As a service and base building component of The New Jersey Dream Act Coalition, our Dream Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP) center is planning this year’s educator conference.
The Dream Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP) is a project of the United We Dream Network, the first and largest immigrant youth-led network in the country with 51 organizational affiliates in 25 states that organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. DEEP’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for educational justice and empowerment for immigrant students. DEEP educates, connects, and empowers immigrant students, parents and educators to close the opportunity gap and engage in local efforts to improve educational equity.
This conference is an opportunity for you to engage in professional development that aims to bring educators, counselors, social workers and college staff, from all over the state for a training that provides you with detailed and up-to-date information on how to assist undocumented students at your institution and within your community. There will be presentations on legislation relevant to undocumented students such as the The New Jersey Dream Act and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). There will be DREAMers sharing their stories as well as Educators who have been engaged in working with them at a local level in order to provide further insight to their own experiences, struggles and activism. You will then have the opportunity to engage in a discussion with our speakers throughout the day.
The conference and our organizations aspire to increase the number of undocumented students enrolling in colleges and universities. Each year over 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools. Unfortunately, only about 5-10% of all undocumented students in the U.S. pursue higher education. With new doors opening through legislation, we want to ensure that educators are informed about such opportunities and that institutions are prepared to support and aid the success of all students.
We hope you consider attending and supporting the conference. As an Educator, the information presented here will aid you greatly in making a positive impact on the lives of your current and future undocumented students.
For questions or concerns, please contact us at info@NJDAC.org
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New Jersey Dream Act Coalition
The New Jersey Dream Act Coalitionisan immigrant youth led support and advocacy group for undocumented students in New Jersey and is recognized nationwide for its outstanding work in immigrant student activism