WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, United We Dream (UWD), along with partner universities and organizations are coming together in support of undocumented students by celebrating National Educators Coming Out Day.
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Today is set to encourage educators, namely high school and college teachers and professors, to publicly come out and be open of their support of undocumented students. Undocumented students are also encouraged to reach out to educators and ask that they turn that support into action.
National Educators Coming Out Day was created by UWD’s DREAM Educational Empowerment Project (DEEP), as a way to promote conversations on what support for undocumented students look like and how to increase resources and access to undocumented students in education.
Partner Colleges and Universities:
Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.), St. Peter’s University (New Jersey), Sarah Lawrence College (New York), Loyola University Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, University of Chicago
“As a university in the heart of the Nation’s capital, it is our job as educators to support all of our students, including those who were born abroad,” said John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University.
Organizations: The Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education, American Federation of Teachers, NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, Education Austin, National Education Association, and the UCLA Bruin Resource Center and Labor Center
Laura Bohorquez, DEEP program coordinator issued this statement,
“Without educators supporting me when my mother was deported, working with me on scholarship and college applications and standing up in my community when raids took place, I know I wouldn’t have finished my M.Ed. It was the educators that were vocal and public that made all the difference in my career and it’s time for educators to be unafraid. It’s time they be our ally and it is also time to let other educators see that a national educator support network for undocumented student does exists.”
National Educators Coming Out Day comes after the DEEP program hosted educator’s conferences in Austin, TX., New Brunswick, N.J., Bridgeport, CT., and Tucson, AZ. designed to provide support for the undocumented students in their communities and also provide a space where educators could build a support network and strategize on how to increase resources in their schools.
Scholarships A-Z, a United We Dream affiliate in Tucson, won major victories for their community after they received support from two school districts, including Tucson and Sunnyside School Districts and the Arizona Hispanic School Administrators Association (AHSAA) to publicly support undocumented students. Moreover, Sunnyside School District is now offering a $10,000 scholarship geared at supporting undocumented students.