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Part I: How academic excellence necessitates diversity

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Undocu-Grad Resources #YesYou

1.  Perhaps what you need at this point in your life is a manual, to help you outline all possible career trajectories and pathways.  We’ve located that resource for you!  Titled, Life After College: A Guide for Undocumented Students (yes, we’ve located the life manual).  Developed by the wonderful Educators for a Fair Consideration, you can download it here: Life After College

2.  If the Life After College manual contains too much information, Educators for a Fair Consideration also created undocumented student mini guides.  These guides provide quick overviews, checklists, and reminders to ensure a timely and strong graduate school application:  (1) Click here to access the How to Find Scholarships guide; (2) Click here to access the How to be a Competitive Scholarship Application Guide; (3) Click here to learn more about Scholarships and Immigration Status; (4) Click here to access the Steps for Scholarship Application; and (5) Click here for general, Best Practices approach towards your application.

3.  It would be great to hear from undocumented students–how they navigated the process, which resources the utilized and what they think about their graduate experience.  We’re amplifying undocumented graduate students perspectives here too! United We Dream developed an Undocumented Student Webinar for undocu-students and by undocu-grads #YesYou

4. Thinking about applying to a graduate program at the University of California (UC)? The UC Office of the President developed a website for undocu-grads to: facilitate the application process, help you navigate financial aid resources, and find community allies within your respective campus.  Click here to access the UC Undocumented Resources website and click here to access the UC Undocumented Graduate School and Careers resource page.

5.  Want to access the most recently updated undocu-scholarship database?  Educators for a Fair Consideration update their database monthly and allow you to search scholarships  by due, date, scholarship category, scholarship type, field of study, and region.  All undocumented students are eligible to apply for the scholarship in the database. Click here to access the scholarship list


Inspiring Journeys, Perspective and Wisdom

(from students just like you)

The journey to graduate school can feel overwhelming—we’re unsure how to accomplish our graduate dreams and we oftentimes feel isolated during the application process (and beyond).  We’re here to help alleviate some of that stress by: affirming that academic excellence necessitates diversity (#YesYou) and illustrate how your unique, powerful experience as an undocumented and/or first generation graduate student has prepared you for graduate school.

Whenever you feel discouraged, you can come to this space and read how other students accomplished the seemingly impossible.

“UndocuGrads”: Undocumented Students Navigating Graduate School

Ever wondered: “Can I go to graduate school if I am undocumented?” “How different is the process for me than for my citizen counterparts?” “Are there other undocumented immigrants who have gone to graduate school?” or “How did they do it?”

The profiles featured in this new series, “UndocuGrads”, are meant to increase awareness about being undocumented and in graduate school, as well as inspire and support undocumented students who are or will be considering the pursuit of a graduate degree. As you will learn from UndocuGrads themselves, there are several opportunities, challenges, and thoughts to keep in mind when applying and attending graduate school.  Click here to access the UndocuGrad narratives.

From First-Gen College Student to First-Gen Grad Student

“Feeling ashamed about our FGGS status can feel like a betrayal of our backgrounds. A key part of dealing with this feeling of “background embarrassment” is to remember that our lives are not stationary and that while we may have defined our lives by a certain kind of upbringing or background, there is no reason that we can’t honor that history while growing in new, often unexpected, ways.” Click here to read her story.

Graduate Study for First Generation Students

“However, as a first generation college student entering graduate study, I still struggled with the secret codes of academia: something as small as e-mailing a professor or colleague would take an embarrassing number of drafts.” Click here to read the rest of her story.


First Generation Online Support

Educators for a Fair Consideration is an organization dedicated to aiding low-income immigrant students in their pursuit of a U.S. college education.  In addition to providing extensive college resources, it is developed in conjunctions with policy advocacy work. Click here to access Educators for a Fair Consideration website.

My Documented Life is dedicated to providing up-to-date information and resources for undocumented immigrants. Here, you will find the latest on scholarship opportunities, immigration news, ways in navigating the educational system, and more. Click here to access a place where undocumented immigrants document

There’s something special about being the first…especially being the first in your family to attend and graduate from college. I’m First! is an online community for first-generation college students—and their supporters. Hear inspiring stories and share your own, discover colleges that care about first-gen students, find answers to your questions about college, and receive guidance on the road to and through college. Click here to access the I’m First website

Albeit, this website is developed for first generation undergraduate students, there are still many resources that will serve you in your graduate journey.  Click here to access firstgenerationstudent.com.