San Jose City College joins the dreamers week of action
In support of Undocumented Students Action Week, California Community College will present a series of virtual events to promote advocacy and awareness about dreamers’ hardships and necessities, on Oct. 19-23.
SJCC supports undocumented students through a program called Advocacy Leadership Immigrant Access Support and Services, is a program within the Extended Opportunity Program and Services and it is also a student club.
“This is the fourth year that the state of California has sponsored it, and they encourage all community colleges to participate in a week of action to draw attention to the struggles and the needs of undocumented students,” Olga Morales-Anaya, counselor and program staff at EOPS, said.
Morales-Ayana said the action week’s virtual activities are organized and led by The ALMASS student club and the events are not just for undocumented students; it is also for the general population, students and faculty, to bring awareness and ally representation.
According to California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, approximately 50-70 thousand undocumented students are enrolled in the California Community College system, fewer than 20 percent receive state aid, and none receive federal financial assistance.
“Every day, they persist in pursuing their education and training goals,” Kounalakis said. “I hope you’ll join me to support undocumented students and advocating for a pathway to citizenship for all DACA recipients.”
Morales-Anaya said it is crucial to becoming an ally; students depend on allies to speak up for them because undocumented students are sometimes afraid.
“Some of the challenges and obstacles for undocumented students is that although they work and contribute taxes, they are not given any federal aid to continue their education. They depend a lot on scholarship and state aid.” Morales-Anaya said.
The ALMASS student club will be hosting a workshop on becoming a dreamer ally at SJCC.
“As an ally, we have a privilege to speak up because we know we are not going to be kicked out of school,” Morales-Anaya said.
Michele Siqueiros, president campaign of college opportunity of California Community Colleges, said no one should be left behind, and that is critical to ensure college opportunity exists for all Californians.
“It is not only the right thing to do. It’s what makes California the powerhouse that it is.” Siquieros said.
Here, it is the calendar for the week of action activities 2020 Week of Action-3