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ERIC Number: EJ1081964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-0151
Undocumented in Honors
Aramburo, Kimberly; Bhavsar, Suketu
Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, v14 n1 p47-50 Spr-Sum 2013
During her time at the Kellogg Honors College at Cal Poly Pomona, Suketu Bhavsar has encountered several high-achieving students who, after coming to trust her, have revealed themselves to her as undocumented. These students came to the United States as children through non-legal channels, generally brought by their families, who were searching for opportunities or for escape from dangerous, oppressive situations in their home countries. These students have recently become known as "Dreamers," after the Dream Acts being debated in the highest levels of government in the United States. Often first-generation college students, they are usually economically disadvantaged. This article explains how honors programs and directors can assist these motivated, talented students. The first important step is simply to recognize their background and the unique challenges they face because they do not have a legal identity. While traditional honors students have personal challenges, they are not generally ones that include the level of vulnerability and uncertainty faced by undocumented honors students. Seven ways honors directors can make the hard lives of undocumented students a little easier and broaden their opportunities both in and after their participation in honors programs are offered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California
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