The UC Collaborative to Promote Immigrant and Student Equity (UC PromISE) presents a briefing on its new report, Persisting Inequalities and Paths Forward: A Report on the State of Undocumented Students at California’s Public Universities.

Over the past two decades, California has opened the halls of higher education to undocumented youth. State policies and institutional practices have steadily increased their numbers, and California now hosts one in five of the nation’s undocumented college students. But how are these students faring once they arrive on campus? Drawing on a survey of nearly 1,300 undocumented CSU and UC students, the report takes stock of the educational experiences and wellbeing of undocumented college students in California. This special briefing offers in-depth coverage of the findings and a discussion of what stakeholders need to know to advance equity and inclusion for undocumented students. The briefing will feature a conversation with some of the report’s authors about key findings and offer specific steps that educational institutions can take to combat persisting inequalities and forge pathways toward equity and inclusion.

Speakers include:

  • Laura E. Enriquez, Associate Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies at UC Irvine
  •  Karina Chavarria, Assistant Professor of Sociology at CSU Channel Islands
  •  Melissa J. Hagan, Assistant Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University
  • Jennifer Nájera, Associate Professor and Chair of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside
  • Annie Ro, Associate Professor of Public Health at UC Irvine
  • William E. Rosales, Assistant Professor of Sociology at CSU Los Angeles
  • Heidy Sarabia, Associate Professor of Sociology at Sacramento State University
  • Zulema Valdez, Associate Vice Provost for the Faculty and Professor of Sociology at UC Merced


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