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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
Friday, October 24, 2014 at the University of Denver

This year, we asked conference participants to choose between two tracks:

  • KtDA 101: For new and experienced professionals or community members who have never been to a KtDA conference, and for those who are just starting to engage the special challenges experienced by undocumented students and families. Professionals in this track should have no more than two years working at least 30% of your time with undocumented students and families for this track to me most effective.
  • KtDA 201: For new and experienced professionals or community organizers who have attended at least one KtDA conference, and for those who are hoping to update their skills and knowledge base with most current information available. Professionals in this track should have at least two years of experience working at least 30% of your time with undocumented students and families for this track to be most effective.

2014 Schedule

8:00 – 9:00 AM - Registration and continental breakfast, Driscoll Gallery

9:00 – 9:50 AM - Keynote Address from Dr Alejandra Rincon

10:00 – 10:50 AM - Morning Breakout session 1

11:00 – 11:50 AM – Morning Breakout session 2

12:00 – 1:00 PM – DREAMers Lunch

1:00 – 1:50 PM – Afternoon Breakout session 1

2:00 – 2:50 PM – Afternoon Breakout session 2

3:00 – 4:00 PM – Closing Remarks, State of the DREAM from Laura Bohorquez

Speaker and presenter biographies (PDF)

What is KDA?

As counselors, teachers, administrators, and community members, supporting the college dreams of students is part of our daily lives. The barriers that undocumented students face in accessing postsecondary opportunities are complex and pervasive. 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 postsecondary 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.

partner organizations | resources | 2014 Conference Programs (PDF): 2014 | 2013


Contact Blanca Trejo or Whitney Allen.