Office of Multicultural Affairs
Undocumented Students

NASPA Region V Drive In Conference

  • On October 22nd, 2012 NASPA Region V hosted a drive-in conference at Seattle University to address the ways in which student affairs professionals from all higher education institutional types can understand and support undocumented students.

    The conference featured keynote speaker Roberto G. Gonzales, Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Professor Gonzales’ research focuses on the ways in which legal and educational institutions shape the everyday experiences and the transitions to adulthood of poor, minority, and immigrant youth. He has been involved in a multi-year study of undocumented immigrant young adults in Los Angeles and Seattle, along with comparative projects on immigrant youth in the U.S. and Europe. Prior to his faculty position at the University of Chicago, Professor Gonzales was an Assistant Professor of Social Work and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington.

    The Supporting Undocumented Students Educational Drive-In Conference intended to address the issue of supporting undocumented students in higher education. The conference will provided participants with an opportunity to explore national and state policies, share effective practices and resources, and create a stronger network of allies in Region V.

    The day included a keynote address by Dr. Roberto Gonzales, morning workshops offered, and a training on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  Over 130 participants from from the Northwest were able to participate, and due to space limitation some colleagues were not able to participate.  

     The following are the Power Point presentations of the keynote address, morning workshops, and DACA training.  We would like to thank the presenters for their permission to share the workshops.

    Note:  To download a presentation, please "click" on the name of the presentation. 

    Keynote Speaker: Roberto Gonzales, Ph.D, University of Chicago

    Moving Beyond the Single Story: Engaging a Comprehensive Strategy in Our Work with Undocumented Immigrant Youth

    The recent announcement by President Obama and the change in the administration's policy with regards to deferred action for young immigrants has once again raised awareness of the untenable situation fac-ing more than 2.1 million undocumented immigrant children and young adults who have lived in the U.S. since childhood. Each year, tens of thousands of un-documented youngsters leave American high schools to embark upon uncertain futures. Due to a greater level of scholarly and community activity, however, we now know much more about their lived experiences than we did even five years ago. However, there is much about their experiences that has become crowded out by the dominant policy nar-ratives. Professor Gonzales takes a holistic approach in examining the range of chal-lenges facing undocumented youth, and explores community, institutional, and policy solutions to address their needs. Drawing from research in California, Washington, and Illinois, he finds that conflicting and contradictory laws move undocumented youth from experiences of belonging and inclusion to rejection and exclusion. The multiple transi-tions that undocumented youth experience in their adolescent and adult transitions have important implications for their identity formation, friendship patterns, aspirations and expectations, mental and well-being, & social mobility.

    Advocacy for Undocumented Students

    Rudy Mondragón and Cristina Gaeta, University of Washington
    Participants will have a brief overview of state and federal policy and key terms that are related to undocumented students and higher education. Participants will also be able to learn more about better supporting and advocating for undocumented students and will also engage in case scenario group work.

    History of Undocumented Students, State Policy, and the Dream Act 

    Juanita Jasso, Seattle University
    Participants will be able to learn about the basic history of the DREAM act policy as well as the history of state policies across the country.
    Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

    Northwest Immigrant Rights Project 

    Zaida Rivera & Andrew Johnson, NWIRP 
    Through this community organization presentation, participants will learn about the services offered by this non-profit organization. They will also be able to learn how to create strong collaborative relationships with local non-profit organizations and resources.

    Train the Trainer

    Marcela Pattinson & Sonia Morales, Washington State University
    Through this training created by the Washington State Educational Access Coalition for HB-1079, participants will get a better understanding of the HB-1079 law and resources through exercises, videos, a power point presentation and advocate activities. The purpose of Train the Trainer is to give you the tools needed to disseminate the information to your own institution.

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in a Day

    Karol Brown & Krista Jensen, Washington State Dream Act Coalition
    On June 15, President Obama announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would be granting a temporary form of immigration protection called “deferred action” to individuals who meet requirements similar to those of the legislative proposal known as the “DREAM Act.” Those individuals granted deferred action will also be eligible to obtain employment authorization (“work permits”). On August 14, 2012, DHS released instructions and applications for the program. Individuals were able to begin applying for relief under DACA on August 15, 2012. 

    The planning committee would like to  thank the following:  NASPA Region V for your sponsorship,  Seattle University for hosting, Dr. Roberto Gonzales who graciously donated his stipend to the Latina/o Educational Achievement Project ( LEAP), workshop and panel presenters for their time and dedication to sharing best practices, volunteers for their invaluable support throughout the day, and for all those who participated and took the time to be present and engage in such an important issue. 


    For any questions regarding the drive-in conference, you can reach any of the planning committee members.

    Krystle Cobian, University of Puget Sound (
    Juanita Jasso, Seattle University (
    Rudy Mondragón, University of Washington (