Supporting College-going for Undocumented Students

Amid contentious debates about immigration and ideas of belonging, undocumented immigrant students often navigate an educational terrain that is ill-equipped to meet their academic and social needs. Despite confronting an array of challenges, there are examples of schools devoted to working with and for this student population.

We address the UCLA Community School’s efforts to address and meet the needs of undocumented students. We describe the school context as well as the symbiotic relationship between research and practice. We conclude by providing resources and considerations for practitioners to better support undocumented students on their campus.