Higher education practitioners serve a unique role in helping ease access to higher education and promote inclusive practices on campuses where undocumented students attend. There are several ways different members of the higher education community can help support students.
General Counsel: General counsel are best equipped to navigate legal ambiguity of immigration and higher education policy.
Diversity Officers: While not all colleges and universities have a diversity officer, many institutions have some variation of chief executive positions that help them articulate the need for inclusion and diversity within their college or university. Diversity officers can play a critical role in leading discussions about how to best welcome undocumented students to campus. In addition, these officers are well positioned to help lead committees and diversity initiatives that can foster conversations that highlight the importance of the issue.
Admissions: Admissions officers are often the first point of contact for prospective undocumented students. The admissions staff can support undocumented students by:
Financial Aid Officers: Undocumented students do not have access to federal financial aid, and most states do not provide state financial aid. As a result, financial aid officers must be aware of their institution's financial aid policies and ways to assist undocumented students in securing private aid. The financial aid office can support students by:
Registrars: Because registrars handle all student records and supervise post secondary registration, their work directly affects undocumented students. Registrar offices are responsible for policies related to residency requirements at their institution and in their state. Registrars can ensure greater access to undocumented students by: