October 08, 2019
Contact: Christina Jimenez
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Beginning Oct. 14, the California Community Colleges is hosting its third annual , encouraging campuses to engage in a range of activities supporting undocumented students and urging elected officials to take action on federal and state immigration issues.
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors declared Oct. 14-18 as Undocumented Student Action Week in a resolution adopted at its September meeting. The resolution notes that the California Community Colleges, which represents the largest undocumented student population in the state, is committed to providing an open and welcoming environment for all students, regardless of ethnicity, religion, national origin, immigration status, age, gender, medical condition or socioeconomic status.
“Given the rhetoric at the national level surrounding immigration, we know now more than ever that we must continue to uphold California’s values and offer clear pathways and resources for undocumented students to attain their educational goals,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor . “It is imperative that our students know that our campuses remain accessible and open to serving all students equally.”
The advocacy week is supported by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the Community College League of California, the Foundation for California Community Colleges, Immigrants Rising and the Student Senate for California Community Colleges.
“Working alongside the Chancellor’s Office, the Foundation is committed to supporting our undocumented students across the system through activities like Undocumented Student Action Week,” said Keetha Mills, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for California Community Colleges. “Guided by the identified challenges and recommendations included in the recently-released Dreamer’s Project Report, we have been focused on implementing systemwide change that ensures this student population feels supported in their educational journey.”
“The Community College League of California is dedicated to the proposition that access to quality, affordable public higher education and career development opportunities be available to every individual and family in California,” said Larry Galizio, President and CEO of the Community College League of California. “Action Week offers the opportunity for colleges to highlight the multiple challenges confronting undocumented students in the current climate, as well as support for advocacy on critical federal immigration policies and resources for campuses to better assist our undocumented students.”
The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, composed of 73 districts and 115 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. California community colleges provide career education and workforce training; guaranteed transfer to four-year universities; degree and certificate pathways; and basic skills education in English and math. As the state’s engine for social and economic mobility, the California Community Colleges supports the , a strategic plan designed to improve student success outcomes, increase transfer rates and eliminate achievement gaps. For more information, please visit the or follow us on and .