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Keeping the Dream Alive Virtual Conference

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General Information

The 2020 conference’s theme, Reimagining the Contours of Undocu-Student Success, aimed to redefine success in the context of undocumented status, and to examine the systems of support that undocumented and mixed-status students need to achieve success. Through the sharing of knowledge, expertise and emerging practices, the conference enabled educators, practitioners and other professionals to become agents of change in their respective institutions and advance the success of undocumented students and students from mixed-status families. Speakers, panels, and breakout sessions highlighted students’ unique accomplishments and explored what interventions, programs, curricula, and innovative practices promote academic, personal, and professional success for students impacted by undocumented status.

General Sessions – Day 1 and 2

Below are the general sessions at the 2020 conference. See details for each session to learn more. To view a recording of the session, click the view button below the description.

Conference Welcome & Opening Keynote Speaker

The official conference welcome! Organizers provided an overview of the conference and the program outline, and reviewed the procedures for accessing sessions, requesting technical support, etc. Lizbeth Mateo, undocumented immigration attorney and activist, delivered the Opening Keynote Address.

View Recording – Welcome & Opening Keynote Speaker

Featured Speaker & Closing Remarks

This session wrapped up the first day of the conference. Organizers provided an overview of Day 2. Dr. Alberto Ledesma, an accomplished educator, scholar, and author, delivered the Featured Speaker Address.

View Recording – Featured Speaker & Day 1 Closing

Program Outline, Hummingbird Champion Award & Expert Panel

This session kicked-off day 2 of the conference! Organizers provided an overview of the day’s program. They also presented the Hummingbird Champion Award to Phil Garcia, former Vice President for Public Affairs & Advocacy at Sacramento State.

The expert panel, Innovative Ways to Support Undocu-Professional Success, focused on how to support students without and without DACA. Topics included entrepreneurship and private consulting, career development, alternate options to career advancement, institutional support, and other pertinent issues.

Panelists:

  • Audra Grady Verrier, Career Center Coordinator, Sonoma State University
  • Iliana Perez, Director of Research & Entrepreneurship, Immigrants Rising
  • Uriel Rivera, Program Manager, Manny Garcia Student Services, LLC
  • Michelle Segura Padilla, DRC Coordinator & Adjunct Instructor, Los Angeles Trade Tech

View Recording – Hummingbird Champion Award & Expert Panel

Closing Keynote Speaker & Conference Closing

This was the official conference closing! Ernesto Rocha (undocubae), organizer, storyteller, and transformational coach, delivered the Closing Keynote Address. Organizers also concluded this year’s conference.

View Recording – Closing Keynote Speaker & Conference Closing

Educator: Day 1 – Breakout Session 1

These workshops were for educators/practitioners and student employees/student leaders. They took place on Thursday, November 19, 2020, from 10:15 am to 11:15 am, Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Student: Day 1 – Breakout Session 1

These workshops were for high school and college students who are impacted by undocumented status. They took place on Thursday, November 19, 2020, from 10:15 to 11:15 am, Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Educator: Day 1 – Breakout Session 2

These workshops were for educators/practitioners and student employees/student leaders. They took place on Thursday, November 19, 2020, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Student: Day 1 – Breakout Session 2

These workshops were for high school and college students who are impacted by undocumented status. They took place on Thursday, November 19, 2020, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Educator: Day 2 – Breakout Session 3

These workshops were for educators/practitioners and student employees/student leaders. They took place on Friday, November 20, 2020, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Student: Day 2 – Breakout Session 3

These workshops were for high school and college students who are impacted by undocumented status. They took place on Friday, November 20, 2020, from 10:00 to 11:00 am, Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Educator: Day 2 – Breakout Session 4

These workshops were for educators/practitioners and student employees/student leaders. They took place on Friday, November 20, 2020, from 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm, Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Student: Day 2 – Breakout Session 4

These workshops were for high school and college students who are impacted by undocumented status. They took place on Friday, November 20, 2020, from 12:15 to 1:15 pm, Pacific Standard Time (PST).