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Undocumented Student Action Week at MPC!

Post Date:10/15/2018 3:06 PM

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During the week of October 15-19, 2018, the California Community Colleges will engage in a week of advocacy and activities to support and build awareness of undocumented students throughout the state. Undocumented Student Action Week is a student-led campaign to advocate for a permanent solution to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and include a pathway to citizenship, and to provide support and resources to ALL undocumented students.

Throughout the week, the MPC Dreamers in Action Association will organize and participate in activities that support our undocumented student population. This important and informative week will close out with an inspiring keynote address by Dr. César A. Cruz (teolol), educator, leader, and renowned champion for social justice reform. (See details below.)

Faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to attend any and all sessions. A large part of this effort is geared towards educating the entire campus on how to empower and support this special population within our communities. For more information on the "week of action" or to arrange a visitation to one of your classes, please complete our online form so we can contact you.

Cesar_Cruz_400Monday, October 15 (12pm-2pm): Dreamers Meet & Greet (Sam Karas Room, LTC)

  • Hosted by the MPC Dreamers in Action Association: Creating a safe space for undocumented students to share their experiences, emotions, and connect with peers, through an open and brave space for dialogue regarding current issues. (Faculty & Staff are encouraged to attend the Meet & Greet session and join in the advocacy efforts at MPC to become informed about the undocumented student experience and learn ways to support them.)

Tuesday, October 16 (2pm-3pm):  UndocuAlly Training (Faculty & Staff) (Stutzman Room, LTC)

  • UndocuAlly training for Faculty/Staff that explores empathy, knowledge and action for being an ally on the MPC campus, provided by MPC Health Services.

Tuesday, October 16 (5pm-7pm):  DREAM Act Application Workshop (LTC216)

  • California has seen a 40% drop in DREAM act applications in the last year. This workshop provides an opportunity to encourage students to feel safe in continuing to use this program to support their education and provide insights on how to complete the application.

Wednesday, October 17 (10am-2pm): My Vote, My Voice (Flagpole on Monterey Campus)

  • Voters need to elect leaders who will protect immigrant youth. Join the advocacy efforts of community organizations to protect student rights.

Wednesday, October 17 (6pm-8pm): Know your Rights! (Marina Education Center (MA-501)

  • The Immigration Task Force educates immigrant families on their legal rights. Referrals to support services will be available to family members who may be left behind when a family member is detained or deported.

Thursday, October 18 (2pm-3pm): UndocuHealing (Almaden Room - Student Center)

  • UndocuHealing (Mental and Emotional Wellness) students will learn ways to support one another and promote mental and emotional wellness during difficult times.

Friday, October 19: Dr. César Cruz (teolol) Keynote Talk (6pm-8pm): Find Our 21-Foot Ladder for Life's 20-Foot Challenges (MPC Music Hall)

  • MPC is excited to present a special evening with Dr. César Cruz. In 2014, Dr. Cruz was a guest on the Meredith Vieira Show where he discussed the threats faced by millions of students in the bay area educational system. For several years he has overseen the Homies Empowerment Program, serving gang impacted/involved youth in Oakland, CA. He is the author of two books, Revenge of the Illegal Alien and Bang for Freedom. A former undocumented student, Dr. Cruz was the first Mexican immigrant make to receive a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Harvard University.
    (If you are planning on attending this event we would appreciate knowing you are coming so we can plan for the refreshments which will be served at the event. Please RSVP using our online form.)

*Click here to view MPC's Undocumented Student Action Week flyer.