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The Contra Costa Community College District has been offering an annual DREAMers Conference since 2012.

Thank you to all who attended the 10th Annual 4CD Dreamers Conference! We appreciate you taking an interest in learning more about undocumented student services, resources, and related information. We hope that you enjoyed hearing from our student speakers, community partners, DVC and district employees, and guest speakers.

A follow up email has been sent to participants with resources, survey link and information on how to receive your DREAMers swag pack. Please contact dreamers@dvc.edu for questions. 

We also want to thank the organizations who have supported this year’s conference, including:

  • Monument Impact
  • Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA)
  • RCF Connects (Richmond Community Foundation Connects)
  • SparkPoint Contra Costa
  • Travis Credit Union
  • United Latino Voices of Contra Costa County who helped to provide the vision for this conference 10 year ago
  • The 3 colleges in our district – CCC, LMC and DVC

And the many other organizations, school leaders and community members who have helped to promote and inspire the conference.

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DREAMers Conference 2021 Program Flyer

[image] 10th Annual DREAMers Conference, February 3-5, 2021, Program Flyer, Flyer details and registration links are listed below.

Click on the image above to download the English PDF version the program flyer with registration links. Please note that you will need to register separately for each workshop. 

 DREAMers Conference 2021 Program Flyer

[image] 10th Annual DREAMers Conference, February 3-5, 2021, Program Flyer, Flyer details and registration links are listed below.

Haga clic en la imagen arriba para descargar una versión en PDF del programa de este año con los enlaces de registro. Tenga en cuenta que deberá registrarse separado para cada taller.

DREAMers Conference SP21 Swag


    Attendees will receive a DVC DREAMers mask, notebook and sticker! 


Conference Program

Date & Time
February 3 

Kick-off Event: Welcome to the 10th Annual Dreamers Conference

During this kickoff webinar, the DVC Dreamer Alliance and student leaders will introduce this year’s activities and theme. It will also include a keynote address that will inspire action and set the tone for the rest of the conference. 

Keynote Speaker: Aidin Castillo

Aidin CastilloAidin Castillo is Directing Attorney of the immigrants' rights program at Centro Legal de la Raza in Oakland, CA. Ms. Castillo oversees the legal practice and management of the provision of legal services.

Ms. Castillo began her legal career at California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLA Foundation), representing immigrants from rural communities and advocating against harmful immigration policies, including the Defunct Secure Communities Program. Ms. Castillo was also responsible for launching the Immigrant Legal Resource Center’s National Immigration Policy Office in Washington D.C. In addition to leading ILRC’s policy work, Aidin worked providing technical assistance through the Attorney of the Day program and contributed to ILRC manuals on naturalization, family-based immigration, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and Removal Defense. Ms. Castillo’s passion for immigrants’ rights stems from her own experience as an immigrant from Mexico. Aidin grew up in Santa Barbara California with her family. Her undergraduate studies were in history & political science at UC Davis.  She then attended law school at UC Davis.

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February 3 

DACA is Back, Now What? The Future of DACA  (in English and Spanish)

Denny Kasso, Staff Attorney from the Immigration Institute of the Bay Area, will give an overview of the latest immigration updates and the benefits of applying to the DACA program. She will discuss in more detail the changes to the DACA program, what Dreamers and their parents can do to prepare to apply to DACA for the first time and other common immigration relief that Dreamers and their parents could qualify for. Students will also share their DACA stories and how obtaining DACA could positively impact their lives. 

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February 4

The Influencers: How Student Stories Inspire Action

When young people speak up, share their perspective, and express their ideas, people with power are forced to listen to the demands for change. This workshop, led by undocumented student leaders and allies, is an interactive discussion about how to become a real life “influencer” and advocate for change in your community.

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February 4 

Speed Dating: Student Services Edition 

With so many support programs available for undocumented students, it’s hard to pick the right “fish in the sea". Join us for a fun speed-dating style workshop where various CCC, LMC, & DVC programs and services will vie for your attention with a 3-minute pitch as to why they are “the right fit” for you.

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February 5 

UndocuAllies: Earning the “Woke” Badge 

What does it really take to be an ally and support undocumented students’ journey in education?  We will discuss the meaning of allyship and how to be a more active ally when supporting students. Learn from student experiences what resources are important and made a difference in reaching their goals. Join us for an overview and discussion about DVC’s Undocually Training Program, resources and earning the DVC UndocuAlly sticker. 

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February 5 

Poetry as the Means We Need 

This poetry workshop will ask participants to think about the power of their story as a means to create change (locally, regionally, nationally, globally) in the political, personal, and greater systemic level. Participants will dive into personal writing through prompts and exercises meant to get us to think of our personal story/journey as a powerful tool, and necessary tool, for change. There will be plenty of space to write and plenty of space to share. The workshop will culminate with a performance by Alejandro Jimenez. To learn more about Alejandro's work, visit his website.


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February 3,4,5 

DVC Virtual Support Lab 

Applying to DVC? Have questions about financial aid and the California Dream Act? Not sure what classes to take or where to start? This Zoom lab is for you! Stop by for comprehensive support from DVC Admissions, Financial Aid, Counseling, and Welcome Services! No appointments needed, just click the Zoom link during the available times listed to talk to us. We look forward to meeting you! 

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For questions, please contact dreamers@dvc.edu.