Undocumented students can often feel isolated in a university setting.
To address the issue, McHenry County College has slated its first Supporting Undocumented Students Summit for Feb. 24.
“Students from the Latinos Unidos Club and the Student Peace Action Network (SPAN) brought to our attention that we should offer a workshop where they could highlight how administrators, staff and faculty could support students who are undocumented,” said Elizabeth Rosiles, MCC coordinator of multicultural affairs.
“Many of them say they are afraid to reach out to those in leadership positions,” Rosiles said. “They’ve been afraid to ask questions or ask for support.”
The summit will feature Sandy Lopez, Assistant to the Director of Latino and Latin American Studies at Northern Illinois University, and Shirley Sadjadi, principal attorney and founder at Law Offices of Shirley Sadjadi, who will speak about support and what resources are available. Additionally, Mano a Mano Family Resource Center and the Hispanic American Community Education and Services (HACES) will have an information booth.
Latinos Unidos Club and SPAN stated the following:
“All students should have the opportunity to learn without the fear and distress that result from unfair immigration policies. Many educators are observing the impact of this distress on our students, their families and our communities.”
“The speakers will be able to interpret whatever the latest rulings will be on DACA,” said Patricia Gaughan, SPAN faculty advisor. “The March deadline was set by the administration to either come up with a plan or stop renewing permits. It will be helpful to understand what that will mean for undocumented students. It's also important for teachers, administrators, and community members to understand the stress this puts on DACA students, not being sure of their future.”
The event, scheduled for 9-11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, in Room A240 (Bersted Lecture Hall),is open to the public. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions? Call 815-479-7749.
McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Hwy 14, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012-2761