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Undocumented Students: Information for faculty: Welcome

Information for faculty about undocumented students

DREAMers Inquiry Group, ACES (Academic Committee for Equity & Success)

Over Spring Semester 2016, the DREAMers Inquiry Group sought to learn what obstacles undocumented students face pursuing a college education with an eye to clearing their paths. The group polled Cañada College students who qualified for resident tuition under AB 540 so they could present a portrait of our campus climate and the experiences of undocumented students from the results of the survey in hopes of improving undocumented students’ access to college through outreach and services. DREAMers Inquiry Group members who created this survey in spring 2016 were: Julie Carey, assistant professor of ESL; Alison Field, associate professor of history; Cynthia McCarthy, adjunct faculty librarian; Gerardo Pacheco, assistant professor of ESL, and Kristin Parks, former Cañada College assistant professor of political science.

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Studies and reports about undocumented students

Articles and books

Gerardo's Story

Gerardo Pacheco Matus, a Mayan native, was recipient of a 2015 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Work-Study Scholarship. In 2012, The San Francisco Foundation awarded Pacheco the distinguished Joseph Henry Jackson Award.

Prof. Pacheco’s poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications including: Black Lawrence Press, Jambu Press, San Francisco Foundation, El Tecolote Newspaper, Cipactli Magazine, Amistad Howard-University, Poets Responding to SB1070, and The University of Arizona Press.

Prof. Pacheco is a former Sequoia Adult School and Cañada College graduate. He holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) with an emphasis on Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a TESOL Certificate from UCSC Extension Silicon Valley. Pacheco teaches Creative Writing at San Francisco State University and ESL at Cañada College off-campus.  

Please click here to hear the story of Gerardo's decision to leave Mexico and his educational journey.

-Julie Carey

Assistant Professor of ESL

Cañada College

Undocumented students can obtain library cards

Any Cañada College student may open a Peninsula Library System account. Come to the library's Circulation Desk.

UndocCollege Guide 2016

College Guide for Undocumented Students