Bakersfield College

California Community Colleges Undocumented Student Action Week October 18-22, 2021

Undocumented Student Action Week

Undocumented Student Action Week

Two monarch butterfliesOctober 18-22, 2021

Undocumented Student Action Week (USAW) is a system-wide campaign to advocate and provide support resources for our undocumented student population. USAW is a statewide effort led by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), the Community College League of California (League), the Foundation for California Community Colleges (FoundationCCC), Immigrants Rising, California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), the California Undocumented Higher Education Coalition, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC), and the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC).

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Schedule of Events

Monday, October 18, 2021

AB 540 Conference (10 AM-2PM)

In partnership with the Chancellor's Office, Immigrants Rising is hosting a virtual conference that will celebrate the successes created through AB 540. Join to commemorate this important legislation and highlight institutional support efforts, as well as build a statewide plan to reduce barriers and propose legislative solutions.

Immigration Policy Updates (5 PM)

What happened to DACA and why should we be following the Reconciliation Bill? Our UFW Foundation Attorney will present the latest on immigration laws and policy updates and what it means for you.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Know Your Rights (10AM)

You have rights, regardless of your immigration status. Join us to hear from a UFW Foundation attorney about our rights and receive tips for interacting with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent.

Where Are They Now? Alumni Panel (3 PM)

California is home to an estimated 2.5 million undocumented immigrants and Bakersfield College serves one of the largest undocumented student population. Join us to hear from our Alumni and learn about their experiences as Bakersfield College students and what they are working on today.

Consulado de Mexico de Fresno SPANISH ONLY (4:15 PM)

El Consulado de Mexico en Fresno brindará información sobre sus servicios y cómo obtener una cita.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Peers in Action (10 AM)

This year’s USAW theme is Change in Action. Join us to learn from our student advocates, the work that they have done, and are currently doing for the community.

The Path to Graduate School (2 PM)

What does the pathway to graduate school look like for the undocumented community? Current and former graduate students will share their experiences about pursuing their graduate degrees.

Financial Aid Workshop (4 PM)

The CA Dream Act Application and the FAFSA are now OPEN! Join us for a short presentation on how to apply or renew your application and receive help with your application on the spot!

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Funding your Goals (DSIG/SPARK/Scholarships) (10 AM)

The financial resources for undocumented students are growing! Join us to learn about the Dreamer Service Incentive Grant, Spark Entrepreneurship Program, Scholarships and more.

UndocuAlly Training (3 PM)

Immigrants Rising’s Director of Higher Education Initiatives, Nancy Jodatis, will join the AB 540 & USP to provide staff, faculty, students, and community members with information and tools to become an effective UndocuAlly. Participants will learn about a brief history of AB 540, current barriers students face, how to create and maintain undocufriendly institutions, and how to be an active ally. Counselors, Faculty, Advisors and Staff are highly encouraged to attend this workshop.

How to open a Bank Account (4 PM)

Opening up a personal bank account can feel intimidating. STRATA Credit Union will show us how it is possible to open up an account without a birth certificate or social security number.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Guest Speaker: Yehimi Cambrón “Immigration, Art, and Activism” (10 AM)

Yehimi Cambrón is a DACAmented artist, activist, public speaker and entrepreneur born in San Antonio Villalongín, a small town in Michoacán, México. She became undocumented at seven years old when she immigrated to Atlanta, where she was raised. Cambrón’s work elevates the stories of immigrants, celebrates their humanity, and has a special focus on the experiences of Undocumented Americans. Join us to hear about her coming of age, DACA’s privileges and uncertainty, the resilience of immigrants, art as activism and reclaiming the immigrant narrative.

Movie Screening: No le Digas a Nadie (3 PM)

Since the age of 4, Angy Rivera has lived in the United States with a secret: She is undocumented. Angy arrived with her mother, fleeing violence, poverty, and civil war in their native Colombia. For 20 years they live in the shadows, struggling to stay afloat financially and avoid deportation while battling a complex and inequitable immigration system. "Don’t tell anyone" is a phrase whispered often and branded deeply on the consciousness of all who are undocumented. The film follows Rivera’s remarkable journey from poverty in rural Colombia to the front page of The New York Times. Join us for a free virtual screening and discussion afterwards.