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Who is a Dreamer?

ALL Dreamers welcome at Mi CASA!

At Mi CASA Dreamers are all students without U.S. citizenship and or permanent residence; that includes all AB 540, SB 68, DACAmented and all other undocumented students. Hartnell College is committed to supporting all students regardless of their residency status.   

 

Due to the COVID-19 Health Crisis, our office is currently closed. Our staff is working remotely to provide the adequate support our students need. For assistance please fill out the Student Service Request Form below.

 

 Debido a la crisis de salud causada por el COVID-19, Nuestra oficina estara cerrada. Nuestro personal sigue trabajando virtualmente para proveer el servicio adecuado que requieren nuestros estudiantes. Para recibir asistencia, por favor llene la solicitud de Servicios Estudiantiles.

 

FERPA and Student Privacy

The Family Education Right to Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal mandate designed to protect the privacy of students’ records. FERPA includes academic records, financial aid records, attendance records and any other personally identifiable information collected by the college that, if shared, could violate the privacy rights of students and former students. For more information please visit FERPA 

FERPA permits release of “directory information” without authorization unless the student submits an Authorization for Release of Student Records form to opt out of being included in directory information. 

Critical information regarding In State Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships for Dreamers at Hartnell College

  • A welcoming space for Dreamers (Building B, Room 204A)
  • Assistance with the California Non-Resident Tuition Exemption Request (AB540/SB68)
  • Guidance and possible support for students who do not yet meet AB540/SB68 
  • Financial aid assistance, including guidance filling out the CA Dream Act Application and other financial aid related forms
  • Educational planning and counseling
  • Eligibility for Hartnell Dreamers Scholarship
  • Peer mentoring and social activities
  • Advocacy and transfer assistance
  • Immigration Legal Services
  • Referrals to other campus services as well as community resources
  • Support from on and off campus allies on our Hartnell Dreamer Ally Network

D.R.E.A.M. Club

Join the Defending the Right to Educational Attainment Matters (D.R.E.A.M.) Club! 

For more information you may contact:

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activities calendar for spring 2020

2017-18

  • Mi CASA host DACA renewal clinic for the community
daca clinic

 In an effort to continue supporting our local DREAMers Mi CASA hosted a DACA Renewal Clinic.  After, the January 9, halt by the Northern California District Court on the federal termination of DACA, Mi CASA joined forces once again with the United Farm Workers Foundation (UFW) and local Immigration Attorney Magnolia Zarraga, and collaborated to put together an event that would help many in our community.  On Friday, February 2, 2018, the collaboration served forty-five recipients with DACA preparation services.  The UFW provided Department of Justice certification, while Attorney Magnolia Zarraga provided free consultation for cases with special circumstances.  The joint effort was a success and Mi CASA is proud to continue working with local partners to fulfill the Hartnell commitment to support all students regardless of residency status. 

  • Mi CASA engages with the community through Radio Bilingue

staff at radio interview

On November 30, 2017, the Center for Achievement and Student Advancement staff and a Dreamer student ambassador, were hosted once again on a radio talk show on public affairs known as Comunidad Alerta airing on Radio Bilingue KHDC 90.9FM.  Comunidad Alerta strives to inform and raise awareness among the Latino Community.  The segment featured Mi CASA Dreamer Adriana Gonzalez-Sebastian, Program Assistant Miriam Vazquez-Gonzalez and Counselor Yuliana Vasquez.  The show focused on the future after DACA.  The Mi CASA team commented on the importance of not giving up and reiterated that education is a right that cannot be taken away from Dreamers. Additionally, Mi CASA staff spoke about the Immigrants Rising training on alternatives to continue making a living which was presented by Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) recently at Hartnell College.  The recent expansion of in-state tuition in California better known as AB 68 was also mentioned during the show.  AB 68 will allow more students to be able to pay in state tuition and receive state-based financial aid, through the modification of California school attendance requirement.  Implementation of SB 68 will take place in January 2018.  Dreamer Adriana Gonzalez-Sebastian fiercely shared about her experience as a Dreamer and how Mi CASA has supported her and made her feel welcomed at Hartnell College.

Archives of this and previous Mi CASA appearances on Radio Bilingue can be found at: http://www.archivosderb.org/

  •  Mi CASA Presents "Immigrants Rising" Training

Immigrants Rising Training presented by E4FC representative Ms. Iliana Perez

On November 14, 2017, faculty and staff participated in an important workshop for DREAMer Allies. Educators for Fair Consideration's Ms. Iliana G. Perez presented an Immigrants Rising Training to teach us about what steps undocumented students can take to pursue a meaningful career and secure their financial future. Now, more than ever, it is incumbent upon us to educate ourselves so that we can continue to support students in meeting their goals; with or without DACA, regardless of their status. Participants learned about the basics of entrepreneurship and independent contracting, two methods of earning a living without a DACA work permit. The information shared in the training will improve our ability to provide relevant advising and counseling around majors and career choices for undocumented students. It will also give students hope for the future as they navigate the challenges of college coursework. The DREAMer Allies at Hartnell look forward to continuing to collaborate to assist students in building agency and power within themselves.

 

2016-17

  • Dreamer Transfer Banquet

Congratulations to the Dreamers Class of 2017 As the academic year culminated, MiCASA honored the hardwork and dedication of those students who completed their transfer requirements and/or graduated from Hartnell College.  

Keynote speaker Monica Cardenas Guzman addresses Hartnell Dreamers at transfer banquet

  • Hartnell College Board of Trustees Adopts Resolution Supporting Undocumented Students and Affirming the Privacy of Student Records

This resolution affirms the values of Hartnell College in supporting undocumented students and also affirms that the District will protect the privacy of education records for all students regardless of immigration status and consistent with existing laws.

Hartnell College President Dr. Lewallen recognizes the Hartnell College Board of Trustees for the resolution passed in favor of Hartnell College Dreamers

For a complete version of the Hartnell College District Resolution 17:3 follow the link

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Who To Contact

  • Office of Equity Programs
    micasa@hartnell.edu  
    (831) 755-6723
    Phone: Hartnell College Main Campus
    Building: Building B, Room 204A
    Office: 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901