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Dreamer Resource Center Division of Student Affairs

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Student Services

The Dreamer Learning Communities (DRC) are designed to develop awareness and knowledge of undocumented student issues, policies and history, while providing a community of academic, professional, and personal support to empower and promote the success of undocumented students and students from mixed-status families.

  • Services and Benefits Provided
  • Financial/ academic guidance
  • Peer to peer support system
  • VIP access to all DRC events/programming
  • Customized presentations/workshops
  • Scholarship portfolio & resume building
  • Connections to other support programs on campus
  • Internship/volunteer opportunities

Dreamer Experience Seminar

The seminar is designed to help undocumented students, students from mixed-status families, and other students that identify with this community navigate college as an undocumented student. The course accomplishes the following:
  • Introduces students to the functions and resources of the University
  • Provides the opportunity to interact with other fellow students and staff from the Dreamer Resource Center on a regular basis
  • Builds a community of academic and personal support
  • Provides a space for students to explore the various aspects of their identity
  • Provides ways to use personal stories as a means to enact change in their immediate and larger communities

To enroll, please contact DRC Program Coordinator, Erik Ramirez

Dream Leader Internship Program

The Dream Leaders Internship Program (DLIP) is a year-long (fall and spring) program designed to promote and foster the development of undocumented students and students from mixed-status families through peer-to-peer mentoring, professional development, and relationship building. The purpose of the internship is to provide interns with the opportunity to gain a meaningful professional experience by acquiring valuable leadership skills while gaining general knowledge about undocumented students in higher education. Interns participate in weekly training on-campus resources, admissions/outreach, tutoring/mentoring, retention interventions, and coaching/advising support for Sacramento State students. Overall, Dream Leaders are trained to assist students with their academic adjustment and personal acclimation to college and the Sacramento State campus. Each intern coaches 6-8 students each semester.

Outreach and Admissions

Incoming first-year students and transfer students receive ongoing support through the admissions process as early as the start of their senior year and transferring semester through the Dreamer Resource Center. DRC Staff assists and follows up with students to ensure that they are taking the right steps towards college readiness through support with the following processes:
  • Cal State Apply
  • CA Dream Act Application
  • University documents

Along with any other questions or concerns students may have along the way.

DRC Student Emergency Grant

The grant helps students remain in school when the completion of their college education is threatened by financial circumstances that are out of their control. The DRC Student Emergency Grant is administered by the Dreamer Resource Center in accordance with applicable University rules and policies. Funding for the program comes from the help of generous donors. Eligible students with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, in good academic standing, AB540 eligible and with a short-term financial hardship are able to be granted up to $1,500.

Student Emergency Grant Form

Immigration Clinic

Fridays│Noon – 5pm│Riverfront Center 1022
In partnership with local non-profit organizations, the DRC will continue to offer free immigration legal consultations to undocumented students, students with mixed-status families, family members and/or any student in need of the service. Pro-bono immigration attorneys are available each Friday. Consultation appointments are encouraged but not required.

Dream Connections

Friday’s│4:30-6:00 pm│ Riverfront Center 1022

Dream Connections is a support group intended to provide a space for meaningful interaction and connection amongst undocumented students, students with mixed-status families, and allies at Sacramento State. The group will meet once a weekly basis on Friday’s. The sessions will be facilitated by sociocultural psychologist and associate professor, Dr. Basia Ellis.

Dream Gatherings

This activity is an opportunity for staff, faculty, and administrators to host students for dinner (or lunch) in their home or on-campus. Dream Gatherings reinforces the inclusive nature of our campus in a welcoming, caring and intimate way. The goal of the activity is to connect students, particularly those new to campus, to the University community and help them build a network of support while engaging in safe and empowering dialogue. To host a dream dinner, please contact Erik Ramirez.

Let’s Talk

Let’s Talk is a program for students to drop-in and informally talk with a counselor. These mini consultations allow students to ask questions and address everyday concerns. The counselor available at the DRC office is a certified Dreamer Ally and has experience working with undocumented students and students from mixed-status families. Offered once a week.

Webinar Series

  • Webinar 1: Understanding the Undocumented Stress Cycle
  • Webinar 2: Psychological First Aid and Immediate Support for Young People Impacted by Undocumented Status
  • Webinar 3: From Concern to Community: Social Supports to Heal and Promote Self-Determined Lives
  • Webinar 4: Healthy Activism and Long-Term Well-B