Act on a Dream ---Story of Us
Undocumented immigrants are a resilient community whose presence in the U.S. protests their ongoing dehumanization by U.S. policies and institutional barriers that attempt to suppress their power. Among these barriers being access to an education, many undocumented students are denied the clearance to pursue a higher education. At the university level, they lack the institutional support that is there to uplift them.
AOD has created longstanding initiatives that have been aimed at uniting immigrants’ rights organizations at the college level, such as the Collegiate Alliance for Immigration Reform (CAIR) Conference, an annual initiative that introduces college students to immigrant justice projects and advocates while engaging them in the prospect of cross-collaboration. AOD has supported students on campus and helped them have access to resources such as through the hiring of a full-time immigration lawyer and social worker for students. AOD has centralized information for students by pushing Harvard to dedicate its own website for undocumented students. AOD has also pushed for staff and administrators to be trained on the topic of undocumented students and their unique needs as a student group. AOD has celebrated its community through initiatives such as the first ever UndocuGraduation ceremony for students in 2019, a tradition that continues to the present. In order to continue our plan to be engaged in the communities we aim to serve, we began a College Mentorship Program, in which we have worked to pair students across the United States with mentorship order to support them throughout the college application process.
Hopes and Visions of AOD:
- Strong partnerships and ongoing dialogue with community organizations in the Greater Boston area that are engaged in immigrant justice work, as well as the simultaneous support of national coalitions and lobbying efforts that are striving for legislative change.
- A supportive community with robust access to resources, and a network of accomplices and allies that support our initiatives
- reducing the turnover rate of administration that directly support us , including the hire of an assigned Undocusupport person in the EDI department--- in order to optimize institutional support
Our official intro meeting slideshow from this year