Week highlights challenges facing undocumented

Publish Date: 
Oct 23, 2018

Mi CASA (Center for Achievement and Student Advancement), in collaboration with the Associated Students of Hartnell College and the Office of Student Life organized and hosted four days of well-attended, impactful events on Oct. 16-19 in conjunction with the Chancellor’s Office Undocumented Student Week of Action.


The week began with a Dreamer/Ally Mixer and Undocu-Resource Fair. One hundred twenty faculty, staff and students visited the Office of Student Life to gather information for and about undocumented students, pledge their support by taking ally photos and participate in a postcard campaign urging Congress to pass permanent legislation providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented students. On Tuesday, 50 students, faculty and staff attended a screening of the documentary “Don’t Tell Anyone”, followed by a Faculty Ally Panel discussion of the consequences of being undocumented on mental health. The Salinas Californian and Univision reported on that event.

A Dream Act Application workshop hosted by Mi CASA in collaboration with Financial Aid took place on Wednesday. Fifteen students were able to complete their Dream Act Application in order to receive financial aid in 2019-20. Finally, on Thursday, students and staff participated in a Healing Through Art workshop led by community artist Joey Martinez. A sampling of photos from the week are on Facebook.