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Keeping the Dream Alive Conference

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Keeping the Dream Alive Conference

Friday, November 15, 2019



The mission of KtDA is to provide access to accurate information and available resources to support immigrant students' transition to, and success in, postsecondary educational institutions. KtDA seeks to provide personal and professional development opportunities for students, educators, families and community members. The KtDA community advocates for policies and practices that increase educational resources and opportunities for all students, regardless of immigration status. KtDA works with, for, and alongside empowered immigrant students to support their academic achievement and career goals.

Example sessions:

1. Advanced Financial Aid for DREAMers - More than Money, Best Practices for supporting DACA/Undocumented students

2. Colorado ASSET 101

3. Your Rights & Preparing Emergency-- Family Plans

4. K-12 Educators Impact on Dreamers and Lessons Learned- Case Studies/Scenarios in a K-12 Setting

5. Immigration 101 and 201, updates to DACA and TPS

6. Professional Licensing Panel with Working DACAmented Professionals

7. Intersectionality - UndocuBlack, UndocuQueer, UndocuAsian, and other intersectional movements

8. Mental Health Services for Students and Families across Colorado

9. Workshop on Whiteness and Citizenship Privilege

10. FRONTLINE Holding Space - Processing our own traumas

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 uncertainties and struggle to best advise them on 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 regarding 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 groups 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 | Conference Programs (PDF): 2014 | 2013


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