On October 12, 2001, Governor Gray Davis signed into law Assembly Bill 540 (Stats. 2001, ch. 814) adding a new section, 68130.5, to the California Education Code. The bill’s author was Assemblyman Marco Firebaugh. State Senator Gil Cedillo is the author of the California Dream Act of 2012.
This Resource Guide would not have been possible without AB 540 and other undocumented students who came forth in the AB 540 Support Group to express their experiences as college students in 2006-07. The questions are the result of actual situations encountered by AB 540 students and other unprotected immigrant students. At Long Beach State, many of the advisors of AB 540 students are self-appointed. Their contribution and encouragement for the development of the Resource Guide was vital. Particular individuals to be commended for their contribution to the Resource Guide include Vivian Barrera, Dr. Simon Kim, and Tom Enders.
The Resource Guide was inspired by the March 16, 2007, faculty and staff development conference, Improving Immigrant Student Success, developed by the University Office of Government and Community Relations and supported by the Title 5, Hispanic Serving Institution program, Mi Casa: Mi Universidad. The writing of the Resource Guide was a collaborative effort by Irma Archuleta and Dr. Elena Macías. The Office of the President and the Division of Student Services funded the first printing. The Marguerite Casey Foundation sponsored subsequent versions of the Resource Guide, that has become the foundation document for faculty and staff who attend the AB 540 Ally Training Project at CSULB.
We are grateful to the New Partnership Foundation and its founder, Dr. Douglas X. Patiño, who sponsored the current reprinting and encourages our continued engagement with unprotected students.