Graduation Year

2013

Location

Atrium, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

20-4-2013 9:00 AM

End Date

20-4-2013 10:00 AM

Description

The 1.5 generation are the undocumented students who were born abroad and were brought to the United States by their parents at an early age. Many of these children came here during the population boom in the 1990’s and are now teenagers or in their mid 20’s. As they are finishing high school, nearly all of them are confused about their post-secondary options because of their undocumented status. The IL Dream Act, passed in 2011, qualifies undocumented youth to pay in-state tuition when attending public universities in Illinois and provides counselors who are aware of the college options and post-secondary resources for undocumented youth. However, research shows that counselors are still confused and unaware of the resources for their undocumented students, and the struggles of their daily lives. This study intends to discover what school staff actually know about the every day life of their undocumented students and what kinds of post-secondary resources are being recommended to this unique group of students. This is Sylvia Rusin’s honors research project.

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For more information on working with undocumented youth, please see the author's Honor's Thesis and the guide she developed for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

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Apr 20th, 9:00 AM Apr 20th, 10:00 AM

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Understanding the Daily Life of Undocumented High School Youth

Atrium, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

The 1.5 generation are the undocumented students who were born abroad and were brought to the United States by their parents at an early age. Many of these children came here during the population boom in the 1990’s and are now teenagers or in their mid 20’s. As they are finishing high school, nearly all of them are confused about their post-secondary options because of their undocumented status. The IL Dream Act, passed in 2011, qualifies undocumented youth to pay in-state tuition when attending public universities in Illinois and provides counselors who are aware of the college options and post-secondary resources for undocumented youth. However, research shows that counselors are still confused and unaware of the resources for their undocumented students, and the struggles of their daily lives. This study intends to discover what school staff actually know about the every day life of their undocumented students and what kinds of post-secondary resources are being recommended to this unique group of students. This is Sylvia Rusin’s honors research project.