Essay on Application Of The Undocumented Student Experience

1457 Words Oct 14th, 2016 6 Pages
On June 15, 2012, President Barack Obama passed an executive order, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), that helped to make it more possible for undocumented students to attend college. Since DACA has been passed, administration at colleges and universities have had differing approaches on how to support, or not, undocumented students attending their institution. However, there are still holes in the support for undocumented students in pursuing higher education. The purpose of this paper is to provide a brief overview of the undocumented student experience, discuss how it relates to Mount Holyoke College, offer viewpoints from the student and dean perspectives, and provide analysis of how the director of multicultural initiatives can support undocumented students on campus.
Undocumented students enrolled in higher education face a broad variety of obstacles that differ from their peers. Kaitlin Mulhere argues that some of the concerns undocumented students face include, “concerns related to finances, fear of deportation and a sense of isolation weigh heavily on undocumented students” (2015, para. 1). The signing of DACA helped to ease some of these concerns. The order applies to a limited population with those eligible needing to have arrived in the United States of America before they were 16 years old and they must be under the age of 31 on the date that the order was signed. Along with meeting the age requirements, there are educational, criminal, and…

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