10 Ways to Support Students Facing Immigration Crises

Published January 31, 2017
By Anita Casavantes Bradford, Laura E. Enriquez and Susan Bibler Coutin

Anita Casavantes Bradford, Laura E. Enriquez and Susan Bibler Coutin offer advice to faculty members and administrators.

  1. Be aware of the wide ran ge of people affected by proposed changes to immigration policy.
  2. Educate yourself about the laws and policies that impact undocumented students’ educational access.
  3. Signal to students that you are supportive.
  4. (Re)consider how you discuss immigration-related issues and the current political climate in your classroom.
  5. Maintain student confidentiality and privacy.
  6. Use appropriate terminology when discussing immigration issues.
  7. Provide resources that will help mediate the financial instability that many students will also be facing.
  8. Offer career and graduate preparation opportunities.
  9. Identify, improve and refer students to campus and community resources.
  10. Identify and raise awareness about your campus’s policies regarding undocumented students.
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