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Keeping the Dream Alive conference

Keeping the Dream Alive 2013 conference logo: silhouettes of graduates tossing their caps in the air, over red, white and blue stripes and stars

Keeping the Dream Alive: Advising the Immigrant Student to College

The 4th annual conference will be hosted by the University of Denver on Friday, October 24, 2014. Details to follow soon.

2013 Conference Program (PDF)

What is KDA?

As counselors, teachers, administers and community members, supporting the college dreams of undocumented students is part of our everyday lives. We know well the barriers that undocumented students face in accessing higher education. In supporting them, we face our own uncertainties and struggle to best advise them with limited resources, unclear guidelines and institutions not yet prepared to answer the call for their unique needs.

This one-day conference attempts to answer many of our daily questions such as:

  • What are the 'best practices' and options for advising undocumented students who are applying to college, specifically in Colorado?
  • Where is the information I can trust in regard to scholarship opportunities and specific student pathways so that lives on hold can become an actual plan?
  • What are the most current laws that impact the students I am advising?
  • What are institutions of higher education doing to best serve students with DACA status and those who do not have this status?

The Conference goal is to provide a safe and open space for educators, professionals and caring individuals who work to support these unique group of students to share post-secondary advising strategies.

It is the committee's hope that this event will engender an ongoing dialogue for those in the counseling, teaching, advising and pre-collegiate professions to best serve all students.

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Contact Blanca Trejo or Whitney Allen.