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Immigrants Rising (formerly E4FC)

We encourage all who would like more information on the DREAM Act and any legislation pertaining to undocumented individuals to please visit the Immigrants Rising website. They aid undocumented students in their pursuit of a U.S. college education.

Immigrants Rising offers a wide variety of programs and services including, but not limited to:

• Scholarships and grants
• Legal services
• Assistance with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
• Leadership and career development
• Helpful advice for parents
• Presentations
• Creative arts program
• Immigration policy advocacy
• Educational Resource Binder (Updated annually for Allies and Educators)

Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA)

IIBA is a local nonprofit with a 102-year-old history of providing high-quality immigration legal services to Bay Area immigrant communities.  IIBA provides affordable immigration legal services, education, and civic engagement opportunities.

***IIBA’s legal team is conducting appointments via phone, despite our offices being closed due to COVID-19. Please call our offices to schedule.***

FREE Immigration Legal Consults

IIBA is offering free immigration legal consultations and related services to ALL California Community College students, faculty, and staff.

Call (925) 237-8581 ext. 11 or book an appointment online at  https://IIBAatDiabloValley.apptoto.com

Undocu-Wisdom Series

Each month, an immigration attorney will provide updates and information on topics that are top-of-mind for undocumented students, immigrant communities, and their allies. Please bring your questions as there will be time at the end to answer them! Download full flyer here.

DACA, TPS, & Immigration Policy Briefing

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 5pm; Register Here

Join us to hear about the recent DACA updates, Temporary Protective Status (TPS),  President Joe Biden’s latest proposed legislations. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about recent immigration changes and the proposed legislations that could potentially benefit millions of undocumented immigrants! 

Initial DACA Legal Screening Workshop 

Wednesday, May 5th at 5 pm; Register Here

Wanna apply to DACA for the first time? Please join us to hear a short presentation explaining how you can apply to DACA for the first time. This presentation will be followed by a DACA legal screening for all interested attendees and the opportunity to ask your immigration questions to an immigration attorney. 

Traveling with Advance Parole, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), and Other immigration benefits 

Wednesday, June 9th at 5 pm; Register Here

Are you interested in traveling as an undocumented student? Join us to hear about Advance Parole (permit to travel abroad), its requirements, its risks and benefits and traveling within or outside of the US as an undocumented student. Also, learn about SIJS (Special Immigration Juvenile Status) and the ways to obtain a green card or legal permanent residency in the US. 

Immigration/Legal Resources

 Immigration laws are complex, subject to change, and broad in their interpretation. Specific immigration questions should be referred to the following agencies:

 Resources for Counselors


  • 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