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Stories about immigrants

By Lory Hough 08/28/2017 11:07 AM EDT
Stephany Cuevas
When California native Stephany Cuevas, Ed.M.'15, a current doctoral student, moved to the East Coast in 2012, she was more than familiar with the term “undocuAlly,” which basically states that someone has made a commitment to be a visible ally to undocumented students and their families. Having lived in California in a predominantly Latino community, and having been a student at University of California, Berkeley, where the topic of immigration predominates, she had heard the term often. Cuevas was surprised, then, when she moved to the East Coast in 2012 to start the Ed.D. Program, how...
By Bobby Dorigo Jones 05/15/2017 3:23 PM EDT
Asil Yassine
Over the course of her teaching career, Asil Yassine has witnessed many broken promises to the children of Detroit. She’s seen, she says, “poisoned water fountains, a dearth of books, or mice shooting through the hallways” of buildings. Yassine enrolled in the Language and Literacy (L&L) Program to learn how to better fight these systemic failures, and find strategies to teach English to her many immigrant students. At HGSE, Associate Professor Paola Uccelli’s Bilingual Learners course gave her important new perspective. “Before we even touch pedagogy, we have to deeply understand what it...
By Jill Anderson 03/29/2017 4:31 PM EDT
Keeping the DREAM Alive
While a doctoral student at Arizona State University (ASU), Jesus Cisneros was struck by the lack of visible supports in place for undocumented students in the higher education setting. Especially surprising was that this was Arizona, as he calls it, "the hotbed of immigration." Cisneros felt that something needed to be done, so in 2012, he co-founded DREAMzone, an initiative with the goal of responding to the needs of these underserved students and creating an ally network at ASU. It has now grown beyond ASU, forming strategic partnerships with organizations such as TheDream.US and Teach For...
By Jill Anderson 01/09/2017 4:40 PM EST
For undocumented students, the path to college can be littered with unique obstacles, from limited financial resources to fear of disclosing status to a sense of hopelessness that can get in the way before they even apply. What can educators do to meet the particular needs of these students — to prepare them academically and support them emotionally? A pivotal piece of the equation: Get to know your students well, and develop strong relationships, says Roberto Gonzales, who has studied the experiences of undocumented young people for years. “Because undocumented students are excluded from...
By Leah Shafer 09/19/2016 3:16 PM EDT
Beyond Stereotype
Since the 1960s, a popular myth has depicted Asian Americans as the “model minority” in the United States, painting Asian American students as high-achieving, diligent, intelligent, and generally agreeable to adults. But unsurprisingly, even a “good” stereotype can have a negative impact, says counselor and educator Josephine Kim. Although the Asian American population as a whole is more academically and economically successful than the U.S. population as a whole, millions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders live below the poverty line, feel incompetent at school, or struggle with peer...