Fifth Annual Undocumented Student Action Week

In the last five years, our collective budget and legislative advocacy during Undocumented Student Action Week has led to funding for Dream Resource Centers and Liaisons, the establishment of an Immigration Legal Services Project, the expansion of AB 540 eligibility and the protection of DACA. We know all too well that change is important every day of the year, not just during action week. This year’s theme, “Change in Action” empowers us to engage in state, federal and local action to support undocumented students in their goal of earning a college education. We must think about the ways we can cultivate and empower change that is long lasting.

Undocumented Student Action Week (USAW) is a statewide effort led by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), the Community College League of California (League), and the Foundation for California Community Colleges (FoundationCCC), with support from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC)Faculty Association of California Community Colleges (FACCC)Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC)Campaign for College OpportunityImmigrants RisingCalifornia Undocumented Higher Education Coalition, Southern California College Access Network (SoCal CAN)Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU)El Camino CollegeCollege of the Canyons, Butte CollegePalomar College, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC), Cosumnes River College, Long Beach City College, Mt. San Antonio College, and Hartnell College.

We look forward to this year’s action week. If you have any USAW questions, please contact us at

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2021 Event Details 

Learning Sessions: September 21-24

In preparation for the 2021 USAW, a series of information/technical assistance webinars will be held twice daily. The purpose of these informational webinar will be to assist UndocuLiaisons in the planning and development of their own college USAW events. You can find the recordings and contact information for our presenters. If you need a copy of the presentation, please reach out to us via email at

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Commemorating 20 Years of CA’s Landmark Legislation: A Celebration & Call to Action: October 18, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

In partnership with the Chancellor's Office, Immigrants Rising is hosting a virtual conference that will bring together legislators, administrators, educators, students, and community members from across California to celebrate the successes created through AB 540. Join to commemorate this important legislation and highlight institutional support efforts — as well as build a statewide plan to reduce barriers and propose legislative solutions.


Building Bridges: Systemic Solutions to Support Undocumented Students: October 18, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Please join us for a special conversation featuring Acting Chancellor Dr. Daisy Gonzales, Chancellor Dr. Joseph I. Castro, President Dr. Michael V. Drake, and President Kristen Soares that will highlight systemwide efforts to support AB 540 students and discuss shared commitments to continue addressing challenges that remain in order to support the success of all of our undocumented students.

This featured panel will be a part of the Immigrants Rising AB 540 Conference. We invite you to register for both events. Please note attending the conference and this featured panel will require two separate registrations.


Systemwide Webinars: October 19-22, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

The Chancellor’s Office will also a daily system webinar at 1:00 p.m. from October 19-22 on critical policy frameworks and tools designed to support institutions with successful implementation of recent undocumented student policy reforms. These webinars will include topics such as a review of statewide policies, data collection and use, and innovative use of funds.