Undocumented Students' Scholarship Program

by Oberlin Undocumented Students' Scholarship Program

Impact Area: Education, Society

Campus Area: Arts and Sciences, Student Life


Funding for this Project ended on 2016-06-01

$843

Raised out of $500

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Oberlin College is a private liberal arts institution that has prided itself on a legacy of progressivism. It is known for having been one of the first American colleges to regularly admit female and Black students. As members of this community, we are part of this rich history. We draw on this history to think critically about what voices are systemically excluded from the education system today. In the same way that Oberlin College once took the first steps to accept female and Black students, we look to uphold the same standard today by making Oberlin College more accessible to undocumented youth. In accordance with Oberlin’s Admissions and Financial Aid policy, all undocumented students would be eligible, regardless of DACA status.

We, the students, have taken it upon ourselves to discuss this need with the Board of Trustees and will be collaborating with Office of Development to identify donors and funding opportunities. We have already raised $41,848.97, and through your support we hope to raise $8,151.03 to reach $50,000 to endow this scholarship.

According to the United States Census Bureau, there are about 2.5 million undocumented youth under the age of 18 living in the U.S. Undocumented immigrants are foreign nationals who entered the country without legal authorization or entered legally but remained in the U.S. without legal authorization. Many youth had no choice in entering or remaining in the U.S., but are left to the ramifications of decisions that were made outside of their control. Approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year, but hit a glass ceiling when they realize that their undocumented status inhibits their ability to attain higher education.

Fundraising for this scholarship began in 2013 with the intention of creating a scholarship program that would emulate aspects of three other Oberlin scholarship programs in its provision for undocumented students: the QuestBridge Scholars Program, Posse Scholars Program, and Bonner Scholars Program. The Undocumented Students’ Scholarship Program would identify high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential, support a “posse” or team of these students at Oberlin, and integrate community service with tuition support. However, this fall Oberlin signed on to a partnership with Golden Door Scholars, an organization that connects undocumented students with their partner schools and provides mentorship throughout college. If we reach our $50,000 fundraising goal, the endowed scholarship will be applied towards the tuition of Oberlin’s Golden Door Scholars.

We must remember that immigration and access to education are not new issues and that they weave into a history of inequality in this country. Many before us have worked tirelessly and persist in advocating for their communities and themselves. We need to contribute to this movement and remember that it is not just an action against global and national systems of oppression, but an action to support human dignity and respect in our communities.


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    Della Kurzer-Zlotnick

    Co-chair, OUI

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    Zurisaday Gutierrez-Avila

    Co-Chair, OUI

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    Chris Jenkins

    Asst. Dean for Academic Support

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    Eleanor Lindberg

    Co-Chair, OUI

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    Julio Reyes

    Community Coordinator, MRC

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    Marcelo Vinces

    Dir., CLEAR

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    Kristen Surla

    Community Coordinator, MRC

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    Dio Aldridge

    Community Coordinator, MRC

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    Anna Phung

    Community Coordinator, MRC

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    Andrés Fernandez

    Asst. Dean of Studies

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    Anna Brandt

    Inst., Student Academic Services

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    Jan Cooper

    Assoc. Professor

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    David Kamitsuka

    Assoc. Dean, Curriculum

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    Eric Estes

    VP & Dean of Students

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$ 10

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$ 100

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$ 5

Stephanie Atwood

$ 50

Anonymous

$ 15

Lindsey Bernhardt

$ 10

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$ 5

Madeleine Aquilina

$ 20

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$ 5

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Thank you for supporting! 9 More Days!

October 28, 2014

Thank you so much to all of you for donating! We are blown away by the $6,775 that have been raised in such a short amount of time. Please take a few minutes to forward the link to this page (http://oberlin.launcht.com/campaign/detail/3572) to friends, family, colleagues or other networks that you are a part of. There are only 9 more days left for this round of fundraising!


Here are some updates on the work that students have done this month:

We met in late September to provide updates on this campaign and context on past student organizing around immigrant justice. From there we formed three working groups to focus on working with administration, outreach and communitcations, and to prepare this campaign page to go live. Students will be meeting again this week to continue to strategize around making this scholarship program a reality and setting up structures within the college to support undocumented students. We are especially hoping to identify a core group of point students to commit to working on this project for the next few years. 

As part of Latinx Heritage Month, student organized the annual Dia de La Raza Banquet on Friday Oct 11 featuring OSLAM, Oberlin's spoken word student group, and spoken word artist, speaker, and writer Carlos Andrés Gómez. Dia de la Raza is celebrated in resistance to Columbus Day, recognizing the violence and genocide that came with European colonizers across the Americas. Instead we celebrate Indigeneity, mixed identities, and survival that exists within the Latinx diaspora as a result of that history. The LHM committee was able to raise $420 for the scholarship program with ticket sales!

If you are interested in getting involved with the organization of this program, please email oberlinundocscholarship@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your support!


Can I still give to this project?

November 6, 2014

Once funding has ended, can I still give to this project?

Yes! Visit 
www.oberlin.edu/donate, select "other" as the designation, and then specify which project in the space below.


Article: Community Funds Scholarship for Undocumented Students

November 20, 2015

By: Leila Miller
November 20, 2015

After sustained student activism, the College is beginning to develop resources for undocumented students, who often face financial and emotional strain and require more institutional support than those who are documented. 

Sophomore Zury Gutierrez-Avila, co-chair of Obies for Undocumented Inclusion, said that the school currently lacks the community support and education for undocumented students to feel comfortable on campus. 

“A lot of people see immigration and undocumented issues as hypothetical,” she said. “It’s a very untalked-about issue. There isn’t really a place where undocumented students can go.” 

This may be starting to change. In September, Oberlin announced a partnership with Golden Door Scholars, a nonprofit that provides financial aid to undocumented undergraduate students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status, a policy that exempts undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States before age 16 from deportation. 

A faculty-sponsored Winter Term this year will focus on researching the resources available for undocumented students at other liberal arts colleges and possible policies for Oberlin. A crowdfunding campaign organized by students and the Office of Development to fund a scholarship for undocumented students is around $8,000 away from the $50,000 it needs to be endowed. Endowed funds exist in perpetuity. 

Responding to rising student activism over the last few years, Julio Reyes, the Latinx community coordinator at the Multicultural Resource Center, has pushed for administrative support for undocumented students. 

“They are worried about the constant fear of being detained and asked for identification,” Reyes said. “Being at Oberlin offers some kind of safety net, but [the fear] is still there. Navigating the challenges of college if you’re thinking of your parents being deported adds an extra layer of tension.” 

In addition to bringing speakers to campus, Reyes helped facilitate a meeting in October for faculty and staff from the divisions of student life to discuss ways to offer support. According to Reyes, clear access to resources prevents students from having to drop hints about their status in order to receive help. 

See more at: http://oberlinreview.org/9210/news/community-funds-scholarship-for-undocumented-students/#sthash.0UdNk4sD.dpuf

Thank you!

January 15, 2016

We would like to thank everyone who donated to the Undocumented Student Scholarship Fund. Your contribution has already made a difference in improving access to higher education for undocumented students, and your support and compassion are inspiring and greatly appreciated.

Della, Ellie, & Zury