In the Shadows of the Ivory Tower: Undocumented Undergraduates and the Liminal State of Immigration Reform

Examines the unique needs and challenges of undocumented undergraduate students. This report sheds light on the range and complexities of this population based on a sample of 909 participants across 34 states originating in 55 countries. The participants attended an array of postsecondary institutions including two-year and four-year public and private colleges that range in selectivity. Demographic characteristics, experiences in college, as well as aspirations and anxieties are examined. Lastly, specific recommendations for what colleges should consider to better serve this population are detailed.

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The UndocuScholars Project, The Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education, UCLA

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