Supporting Dreamers at Berkeley
Berkeley’s Undocumented Student Program provides the vital services undocumented students need to thrive and succeed through a leading-edge model that is now being replicated across the country.
Your support of Berkeley’s Undocumented Student Program will provide the stability and continuity of service that Cal Dreamers need.
Berkeley’s more than 300 undocumented students come from 34 different countries and have the highest level of financial need on campus; their average family income is $24,000. In 2013, the Undocumented Student Program served more than 90 percent of the self-identified undocumented students at UC Berkeley. The number of undocumented students at Berkeley has more than doubled since 2012 and continues to rise.
How you can help Cal Dreamers
The Undocumented Student Program has limited resources to respond to growing needs. Your charitable investment provides invaluable assistance to deserving students each year by sustaining and growing the following vital services for our more than 300 undocumented students:
- Academic counseling services ensure Dreamers — many of whom are the first in their families to attend college — receive guidance from our specially trained counselors as they transition to the university, connect to resources, prepare for life after graduation, and manage unexpected crises specific to the undocumented population.
- The Cal Dreamers Lending Library keeps academic success within reach by helping offset the average $650 per semester cost of course-required texts for qualified students. Students receive university bookstore vouchers and may then donate their books back to the lending library program so that others can borrow them.
- The Robert D. Haas Dreamers Resource Center provides a welcoming space and resource center where Berkeley’s undocumented students may access much needed legal information and counseling, and gather for social support.
- UC Berkeley Summer Bridge Program prepares entering freshmen from underresourced communities for the rigors of Berkeley in a six-week, residential academic program engaging them with the campus and positioning them for success at Cal. Private donations help newly admitted Dreamers cover $2,559 in room and board, books, and transportation.
- Emergency grants, typically in the range of $70–$500, provide a safety net and ensure that students’ basic or unexpected needs — such as a housing security deposit, food, travel home for a family emergency, or medical expenses — are met.
- Sharing the model is necessary to improving circumstances for all of the 2.1 million Dreamers across the United States. Increased financial support can help us better respond to requests from dozens of universities who have asked for our leadership in replicating the Berkeley model on other campuses.
- Legal support services help eligible students take legal steps necessary for employment authorization so they can engage in research, internships, and work opportunities — a crucial piece of the Berkeley promise.
- Mental health services are an essential component of survival for Dreamers coping with specific mental health challenges resulting from years of living on the margins, or from unexpectedly learning of their undocumented status only upon applying to college.
- Scholarships give much-needed financial resources to Dreamers who might not otherwise have the financial means to stay in school. Private gifts allow us to grant funds large and small to Dreamers like Kiki Vo ’14, who is majoring in social welfare and plans to earn advanced degrees after she graduates so she can give back to her community as a clinical social worker.
Your generous gift provides vital, comprehensive resources for Cal Dreamers.
You can choose how to designate your support. For example:
- Your gift of $10,000 can cover medical co-payments for 50 students who need accessible healthcare, or provide 15 iPads to Dreamers who can’t otherwise afford educational technology tools.
- Your support at the $25,000 level will help Dreamers who have had to withdraw from Berkeley because of financial or other immigration-related roadblocks return to Berkeley and complete their undergraduate degrees.
- Your gift of $100,000 can offer Dreamers much-needed legal sessions to determine eligibility for immigration relief; support Berkeley’s efforts to take our model to other universities; or help provide scholarship support for undocumented students like Terrence Park ’13 (pictured above left), who is now attending the Harvard School of Public Health.
We invite you to join us in ensuring that all Berkeley students — regardless of financial means or documentation status — get the support they need to compete and succeed. Cal Dreamers, with their big dreams and steadfast determination, are simply inspiring, and their potential is limitless.
To Support Cal Dreamers, visit https://give.berkeley.edu/egiving/index.cfm?fund=FU1208000