About Us

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This project examines the experiences and needs of undocumented high school students in San Diego, California and the school personnel who work with them. Our objectives are to (1) provide research training for students on topics related to their lives (e.g., immigration, education); (2) offer insight about undocumented high school students and educators in San Diego, CA; (3) identify steps to address the challenges undocumented high school students face as they pursue their educational goals; and, (4) recommend policies and professional development resources to support school personnel who work with undocumented high school student.

This initiative is being led by Dr. Marisol Clark-Ibañez (Professor in Sociology at CSU San Marcos) and Dr. Carolina Valdivia (UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA). At the core of this initiative are 30 undocumented students, allies, and community leaders who are passionate about working with undocumented immigrants and conducting research. You can learn more about our team members here.

If you would like to learn more about resources available for undocumented students, check out this page.