CSU Undocu Student Summit

California State University (CSU) Dream Centers have identified the need to bring undocumented and mixed-status students together for the first-ever student summit. The CSU Undocu Student Summit provides a forum for CSU undocumented and mixed-status students to network, empower, build community, celebrate diversity, create inclusive opportunities, and cultivate their leadership skills.

This event is exclusive to CSU students, Dream Center staff, and the immigration service providers who directly support students. For more information on this event and registration, please contact your specific CSU campus Dream Center. For questions or support please email us at dream@csulb.edu.  


Agenda

Register & Breakfast | 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | USU Ballrooms 

Conference Welcome: Dr. Norma Salcedo and Dr. Ana Aguayo-Bryant | 8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.

Land and Labor Acknowledgement | 8:40 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. | USU Ballrooms 

American Indian Community Drum | 8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. | USU Ballrooms 

CSULB Welcome: VP Beth Lesen | 9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. | USU Ballrooms 

Opening speaker: Ju Hong | 9:10 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. | USU Ballrooms 

Break | 9:40 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. 

Presentation Breakout Sessions - Block A | 9:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

USU Ballrooms

This student-led session will provide participants with an overview of the student advocacy that has taken place in the past decade, the resources that have been established, and the goals they wish to accomplish. Through group discussion, participants will learn how student voice is crucial in informing best practices. Presenters will provide details on how other campuses can replicate similar programs and resources at their respective institutions.

Presenters:

  • Luis A. Mendiola Luna, For Undocumented Empowered Leaders (FUEL) Student Representative
  • Dante Verdin, For Undocumented Empowered Leaders (FUEL) President
  • Valentina Jimenez, For Undocumented Empowered Leaders (FUEL) Treasurer
  • Ashley Becerra, For Undocumented Empowered Leaders (FUEL) Secretary

USU Room 303

During the early 1990s, undocumented students seeking access to California colleges had to apply as Leticia A. This presentation will discuss how undocumented students, during the early 1990's, sought access to California higher educational institutions. A quick overview of the ruling will be covered, and the panelists, Nymia Luque and Guillermo Acevedo will share first-hand their experiences of being Leticia A. students and navigating college during a time when services for undocumented students were not in place. Still, they prevailed in identifying a community of support.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Ana Aguayo-Bryant, Assistant Director of Student Affairs Programs and Long Beach State Alumni
  • California State University
  • Nymia Luque, Long Beach State Alumni  
  • Guillermo Acevedo, Long Beach State Alumni

USU Room 304

The SFSU Dream Resource Center and Improving Dreams, Equity, Access, and Success (I.D.E.A.S.) proudly organized the inaugural "Rise Beyond Borders: Undocumented Student Month of Action." This month-long series featured a variety of events designed for students and allies. The series’ goal was to celebrate and highlight undocumented students’ experiences. In this presentation, we will be fostering a dialogue on the month-long planning, the goals, challenges, outcomes, collaborative efforts, and the impact these gatherings had on the community at large. SFSU student leaders from I.D.E.A.S. will also share their perspective and how they were able to support the month-long series.

Presenters:

  • Christian Lozano, Director, Office of Diversity, Student Equity, and Interfaith Programs
  • Carlos Alejandro Alcantar Sanchez, I.D.E.A.S.
  • Citlali Belen, I.D.E.A.S.
  • Oliver Elias Tinoco, I.D.E.A.S.
  • San Francisco State University

Quiet Room: Space for reflection | Optional | USU Room 305 - Open All Day
Quiet Room: Space for Reflection is a room that has been put aside for quiet time and retreating during the conference. This is a designated space that allows for quiet reflection, time out from the conference, rest, or take a break. You are welcome to step into this space when you feel like you need a quiet space.

Break | 10:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Presentation Breakout Sessions - Block B |11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

USU Ballrooms

Undocumented first-generation students face unique challenges when pursuing their dreams of entrepreneurship. Without the right tools, such as financial knowledge and legal support, can be a block in your pathway to launch and sustain your successful businesses. Learn how SDSU is creating change for our ambitious undocu-students and how you can follow the same pathway in your higher educational journey!

Presenters:

  • Ingrid Clara Ramos, CSU San Diego Undocumented Resource Center Assistant Coordinator
  • San Diego State University

USU 303

This session will go over steps DACA recipients can take to take full advantage of the DACA program, as well as things that can put their DACA at risk. We will cover domestic and international travel, as well as a "know your rights" around DUIs, marijuana, and other activities that may impact your DACA.

Presenters:

  • Barbara Pinto, Managing Attorney
  • Adhemir Romero, Managing Attorney
  • Immigrant Legal Defense

USU 304

This panel will engage in a discussion centered around navigating higher education as undocumented people living in the United States. By sharing their experiencias, the panelists shed light on the struggles undocumented people encounter when pursuing a higher education degree(s), often exacerbated by the challenges that undocumented people face daily. As DACAmented and non-DACAmented students, the panelists bring forth a range of similar and unique experiences that have shaped their educational journeys. This panel not only provides a space for conversation to discuss the struggles of obtaining higher education as undocumented people but also serves as a call for allies to unite and join in support of our cause.

Presenters:

  • Dalia Carmona Ocegueda, Graduate Student
  • Manny Ibarra (they/them), Graduate Student
  • Violeta C. Murillo (She/Her/Ella), Graduate Student
  • Judith G. Arguello (She/Her/Ella), Alumni
  • California State University, Los Angeles

Quiet Room: Space for reflection | Optional | USU Room 305 - Open All Day

Lunch and CSULB DSC Mural Visit | 11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Patio/USU

CSU Systemwide Student Advocacy and Goals | 1:00 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. | USU Ballrooms

Closing Speaker: Julio Salgado | 2:40 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. 

Closing Remarks | 3:20 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | USU Ballrooms


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Ju Hong 
Director of the UCLA Dream Resource Center (DRC), a program team of the UCLA Labor Center that empowers immigrant youth and allies to be at the forefront of social justice movements. 

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Julio Salgado 
Co-founder of DreamersAdrift and the Migrant Storytelling Manager for The Center for Cultural Power. His status as an undocumented, queer artivist has fueled the contents of his visual art, which depict key individuals and moments of the DREAM Act and the migrant rights movement. 

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DJ Sizzle  
Director and co-founder of Cumbiatón, a nationwide event paying homage to the Afro-Latinx culture and music. Dj Sizzle uplifts and centers women, migrant, queer, and working-class BIPOC through music, art, and activism. 

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DJ Andrea 
Andrea is an open format DJ who has been behind the decks for 9 years mixing and curating music for various occasions 

We know that many of you will be traveling from afar, for this reason we would like to provide hotel options should you decided to spend the night in Long Beach. CSU staff is encouraged to ask if hotels offer the state employee rate.

Hotels Near CSULB:

  1. Ayres Hotel Seal Beach
    12850 Seal Beach Boulevard
    Seal Beach, CA 90740
    800-706-4890   562-596-8330
    Make an online reservation
    The Ayres Hotel is visible from the 405 Freeway at Seal Beach Blvd.
  2. Best Western Golden Sails Hotel, Long Beach
    6285 E. Pacific Coast Highway
    Long Beach, CA 90803
    toll free number 800-762-5333
  3. The Pacific Inn
    600 Marina Drive
    Seal Beach, CA 90740
    866-466-0300
    562-493-7501
    Make reservations online.
  4. Marriott Hotel (by the Long Beach airport)
    4700 Airport Plaza Drive
    Long Beach, CA
    562-425-5210
  5. Residence Inn Long Beach by Marriott
    4111 East Willow Street
    Long Beach, CA 90815
    562-595-0909
  6. Long Beach CA Extended Stay Hotel | Residence Inn Long Beach

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Dr. Norma Salcedo
(She/Her/Ella)

Event Co-Chair
Director, Dream Success Center
CSU Long Beach

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Dr. Ana Aguayo Bryant 
(She/Her/Ella)

Assistant Director, Student Programs
CSU Chancellor’s Office

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Jairo Leon
Director, Undocumented Student Success Center
CSU San Bernardino

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Dr. Rosa Heckenberg
(She/Her/Ella) 

Director, Glazer Family Dreamers Success Center (DRC)
CSU Los Angeles

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Luis A. Mendiola Luna
(He/Him/El)

Research Fellow Lead, Dream Success Center
Student Representative, For Undocumented Empowered Leaders
CSU Long Beach

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Ashley Becerra
(She/Her)

Student Assistant Lead, Dream Success Center
Secretary, For Undocumented Empowered Leaders
CSU Long Beach

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Brianda Sicairos Ayon
(She/Her/Ella)

Butterfly Peer Mentor Lead, Dream Success Center
Fundraising Officer, For Undocumented Empowered Leaders
CSU Long Beach

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Dante Verdin
(He/Him/El)

President, For Undocumented Empowered Leaders (FUEL)
CSU Long Beach

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Fatima Zeferino
(She/Her/Ella)

CARECEN Legal Fellow
Director of Advocacy & Policy, For Undocumented Empowered Leaders (FUEL)
CSU Long Beach

  • CSULB Student Affairs
  • Dream Success Center Staff
  • For Undocumented Empowered Leaders
  • California Department of Social Services
  • Educational Opportunity Program
  • CSU Undocu Summit Committee
  • Dr. Norma Salcedo
  • Dr. Ana Aguayo-Bryant
  • Ana Navarrete Avina
  • Barbara Pinto
  • Diana Rea Flores
  • Rosa Heckenberg
  • Veronica Ayesta
  • Luis A. Mendiola Luna
  • Ashley Barrera
  • Brianda Sicairos Ayon
  • Dante Verdin
  • Fatima Zeferino

Our event location is physically accessible via elevator, ramps, accessible pathways, etc. The CSULB Interactive Map may be utilized to view campus accessibility routes. Please list additional accommodations upon registering or contact us at dream@csulb.edu for support. 

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Sponsors

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Student Affairs
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Dream Success Center
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FUEL
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Educational Opportunity Program
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Associated Students Inc
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Office of Undergraduate Research Services (OURS)
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