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Undocumented Student Action Week


Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are joining in a host of activities Oct. 19-23 as part of a campaign by community colleges across California to advocate and provide resources for the undocumented student population.


This year’s action week serves as an opportunity to highlight the challenges undocumented students face in today’s political climate and amid COVID-19. All of the events are being held via Zoom and are free and open to the public. RSVP to register and obtain Zoom links to access the workshops and presentations. The registration link is also accessible at


California’s community colleges are holding numerous virtual activities in a commemoration led by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the Community College League of California, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, Immigrants Rising, California Student Aid Commission, the California Undocumented Higher Education Coalition, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges and the Student Senate for California Community Colleges.


Monday, Oct. 19, 2020

How the Black Lives Matter Movement and Undocumented Status Community Intersect; 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m,

Grossmont College sociology instructor Julio Soto presents a workshop focusing on similarities between the Black Lives Matter Movement and Undocumented Status Community.


Undocumented Status Student and Professional Panel; 4-5:30 p.m.

On the panel are Gabriela Soto, who holds a master’s from SDSU; Johana Ibarra, an SDSU undergraduate student; Antonio Marquez, a SDSU undergraduate student; and Leo Carrillo, who holds master’s degrees from Stanford and San Diego State University.  The panel of undocumented students and professionals will share their experiences.   


Tuesday, October 20, 2020 

Impact of Undocumented Student and Family Status on Mental Health; 1-2 p.m.

Berenice Badillo, a credentialed art therapist, is presenting on the impact of safe and empowering college climate for undocumented students/families and their mental health.


Higher Education Legal Services; 5-6 p.m.

A workshop focusing on the Higher Education Legal Services (HELS) the Jewish Family Service provides to students and the community. These services include free legal immigration consultations, as well as Know Your Rights workshops. HELS will also present DACA updates as well as COVID-19 resources for the immigrant community.


Financial Aid for Undocumented Students and Their Families; 6-7:30 p.m.

Financial aid advisor Iliana Garcia is giving a presentation on financial aid and assistance for undocumented students. How and when to apply for the California Dream Act and scholarships open to the undocumented community will be covered. 


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

It takes a Village; 2-3 p.m.

Claudia Cuz-Flores and Pathway Academy coordinator Veronica Corral will provide strategies that can be used by faculty and staff to better support and create a welcoming environment.


Higher Education Support Services Presentation and Mixer; 5-6 p.m.

Representatives of Cuyamaca RISE, Grossmont Dream Center; Region X colleges and universities will provide presentations on services available to community college, undocumented-status transfer students.


A Spanish language financial aid presentation for undocumented students and their families,  6-7:30 p.m. Financial aid advisor Iliana Garcia is the presenter.


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Public Charge Presentation 1-2 p.m.

Presentation on the Public Charge rule, California Dream Act, MediCal and work options for the undocumented community and a summary of immigration relief options. 


Financial Aid for Undocumented Students; 4-5:30 p.m.

Katherine Vilchez will discuss the Financial Aid process for Undocumented Students and their families.


Friday, October 23, 2020

RISE Student Organization Activity; 1-2 p.m.

Join RISE students to connect and debrief on the Undocumented Student Week of Action.


Opportunities for Students Without AB540/DACA Status; 3-4 p.m.

Cuyamaca College Admissions Director Greg Vega, Grossmont College Career Center representative Erica Olmos and East Region Adult Education manager Ute Maschke will lead this presentation on opportunities available to undocumented-status students without AB540 or DACA status.


Additional information and RSVP information can be found at