More than a DREAM Conference

More than a dream conferenceIn partnership with United Latino Voices, Contra Costa College, and Los Medanos College, Diablo Valley College is proud to host the 4th Annual AB-540 "More than a Dream: Get the Facts" Conference on Saturday, April 5th from 8:30 am to 2 pm.  High school and community college students, parents, and allies from throughout Contra Costa County are invited to attend.

65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school across the United States each year and only 7,000-13,000 of these students enroll in colleges or universities.  The State of California represents 25% of all undocumented immigrants nationwide and it is estimated that 553,000 undocumented youth are potentially eligible for the recently passed California DREAM Act.

"More than a DREAM: Get the Facts!" is a FREE conference.  The goal of the conference is to increase enrollment and retention rates of undocumented students in higher education by providing community members with information regarding available resources to AB-540 and undocumented students.

The conference includes free continental breakfast and lunch, a welcome from the college and district, a keynote address from activist and author Cesar Cruz, co-founder of the Homies Empowerment Program, an undocumented student panel, a community and college resource fair as well as two breakout sessions addressing the following themes:

  • College Information and Resources
  • Legal Information and Services
  • Personal Motivation
  • Parent and Community Resources


Registration: REGISTER ONLINE NOW by clicking here

All registration information will be kept confidential. Only members of the planning committee will have access to this information.


For more information about our featured keynote speaker, Cesar Cruz, please see the video clip available here.

Location: Diablo Valley College, Performing Arts Center 

              321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

              For campus map and driving directions, please click here.

Date:      Saturday, April 5th

Parking:  The closet parking lot is #8.  Parking is FREE on Saturdays.

Agenda: 8:30 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
  9:30 a.m. Welcome/Keynote Speaker/Student Panel
  11:30 a.m.   Breakout Session 1*
  12:30 p.m. Breakout Session 2
  1:15 p.m. Lunch/Resource Fair*
  2:15 p.m. Conclusion


*We are also providing the opportunity for individuals to meet with a lawyer and law student volunteer for assistance with immigration applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)!  Volunteer lawyers and law students will assist you through a pro bono program administered by the International Institute of the Bay Area and OneJustice's Justice Bus Project If you are interested in completing the DACA application, please indicate on your registration that you would like to sign up for this workshop. Please note that spaces are limited and this workshop. A member of the planning committee will be contact with you to confirm if an appointment slot is still available and provide you with more details about the workshop.


The following workshops are confirmed, please check for more updates soon:

  • Accessing the Dream: College, Financial Aid, & Your Future
  • Apoyando a Nuestros/as Hijos/as (Encouraging and Empowering Our Children/Our Youth)
  • Immigration Q&A
  • DACA Updates & Renewals
  • DACA Application Assistance Workshop*
  • The Power of Women and Education

Registration: REGISTER ONLINE NOW by clicking here

  • Online Registration has been extended until Friday, April 4, 2014.
    Walk-in registrations welcome day of conference.
  • Information provided on the registration page will be kept confidential.
  • An email confirming your registration will be sent the first week of April
  • If you are planning to attend as a group, please have each participant complete the online registration process
  • If you have registration questions, please contact Lizette Ponthier at 925-969-2100 or
  • If you any other questions related to the conference, please contact Emily Stone at 925-969-2113 or


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