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Welcome DREAMers and Allies!

Welcome DREAMers and Allies to DVC's undocumented student resource webpage. At Diablo Valley College, we recognize the dignity and value of the individual and continuously strive to provide opportunities for all those who seek an education. As advocates for the creation and maintenance of a safe place that supports education for all members of our community, we created this website as a resource for undocumented students, their families, and their allies.

Explore Undocu Resources at DVC

This resource page is maintained by the DVC DREAMers Alliance, a network of faculty, staff , students and administrators committed to providing a safe, supportive and welcoming educational environment at Diablo Valley College for undocumented students. Here is a summary of the links below.

Covid-19 Emergency Grant

Are you facing unexpected expenses as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to remote classes and services? If so, you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Emergency Grant! Students enrolled for fall 2020 can apply for a one-time $500 grant to help with books, supplies, housing, food, transportation, technology needs, health care, child care and other costs. Don’t let a financial emergency keep you from completing your educational goals at DVC! Funds are limited! Apply now!

DREAMers Events and Workshops
 

New DREAMers

Want to apply to DVC? Start here

Current DREAMers

Already applied? What's next?

Transferring DREAMers

Ready to transfer?

DVC DREAMers Alliance

Be the change! Get involved with the DREAMers community on campus.

Local DREAMers Resources

Learn about local community resources.

DREAMers Events and Workshops

Learn more about on-campus events and workshops.

  • Odette Tapia, Biology major

    “ I joined the DVC DREAMers Alliance and I began to take up space in rooms where I knew I could make a difference. The DREAMers Alliance provided a sense of allyship. I remember the first day I showed up to those meetings. I was usually the only student there. Frightening at first but I began to use my voice giving them an inside look of what being undocumented was really about. I also got to network with faculty that knew where I came from like and who opened doors such as the DREAM SF Fellowship."

    - Hernan Soto, DREAMer Alumni 

  • Cristobal Castañeda, DREAMer Alumni

    "Although I faced many barriers as an undocumented college student, I feel fortunate to have found genuine support and guidance at Diablo Valley College. I’m incredibly thankful to all the professors, counselors, and classmates who welcomed me warmly and encouraged me to pursue my educational goals. Now that I’m transferring to a 4-year university, I feel confident in my ability to succeed academically while helping to lead efforts in making education a possibility for all students, including DREAMers."

    - Cristobal Castañeda, DREAMer Alumni

  • Pauline Poe, Mechanical Engineering major

    “No Human Being Is Illegal On Stolen Land. Our undocumented status does not and will never define who we are as people. We are so much more than the “legal papers” this country is looking for. I know that it took some time for me to accept myself and my status, and every day I still try to find ways to accept myself especially when the country we know doesn’t accept us. We have to remember that there is nothing wrong with taking our time to feel, ask for help, and to just be. We are human beings and we should be treated as such."

    - Hazel Pinon, Current DREAMer

  • Gabriel Gabru, Scholarship recipient

    "As a first-generation college student and an undocumented immigrant, it was always a dream of mine to pursue higher education. When coming to the United States I knew being here was a privilege and an opportunity, one I did not have in my home country of El Salvador. After I graduated high school I knew that my road to success had to include higher education but because of financial struggles, my options became limited. Finally, I took the decision to come to DVC, and I can honestly say it was the best decision I made. Here at DVC I found a community of other Latinos with goals similar to mine."

    - Lilian Ventura, Current DREAMer

  • Chris Calderon

    "Being low-income I have not had the educational opportunities that middle-class families have. All my life I attended schools with students predominantly African-American or Hispanic. We were not given the proper resources to succeed in this educational system. So in order for me to continue on my journey, I had to work twice as hard. I managed to learn and apply to scholarships and financial aid even though I am undocumented. The professors, mentors, and tutors at DVC have prepared me academically and with great perseverance and determination. I’m proud to say that I am now attending the University of California, Berkeley, and majoring in sociology."

    - Maria Bojorquez, DREAMer Alumni

  • Joseph Worku, Computer Science major, MESA Alumni, current UCSD student

    "Extracurricular activities sometimes take the most out of you but they're worth it. While I was at DVC I took advantage of the Latinx Student Alliance Club, Student Assistant at a Cadaver Lab, Speech and Debate team, Work Study at the Office of Student Engagement and Equity, The DREAMers Alliance, The PUMA Center, and the abundance of mentors. I faced my fears by getting involved and I met some of my best friends because of my involvement."

    - Hernan Soto, DREAMer Alumni

  • Luis Almendarez

    "One of the worries I had when I started college was being able to afford it. Given that I am undocumented, I do not qualify for FAFSA. During my first semester of college I was charged as an out-of-state student, I was afraid that I would not be able to take classes due to financial inability. Luckily, California is one of the states that allow in-state tuition to dreamers known as AB540 and I was also qualified for the Dream Act, and EOPs which had been a tremendous help for me."

    - Hazel Pinon, Current DREAMer

Have questions? Contact us!

Email:   dreamers@dvc.edu