Partners & Allies
A list of Undocumented Student Program partners & allies.
Staff on Campus
Luis Yataco | Outreach Coordinator and Transfer Counselor with CEP
Luis Yataco was born and raised in Peru before moving to California to complete his high school education. As an undocumented student at the time, he felt intimidated by the complexity of the college process and did not consider pursuing a 4-year university education while in high school. Fortunately he found great mentors at his local community college, where he also discovered his passion for higher education and promoting educational access. Current, Luis is the Transfer Coordinator and Outreach Specialist for students who are undocumented, formerly incarcerated/system impacted, and current/former foster youth. His role is to connect with community college students in these communities who are interested in UC Berkeley and other UC’s to provide them with support and guidance to achieve their academic goals. Understanding first hand the challenges of navigating new academic institutions, Luis’ experience in higher education and commitment to educational equity motivate him to play a positive influence in the lives of those he serves.
Organizations & Networks
- Graduates Reaching a Dream Deferred, California Network
Graduates Reaching A Dream Deferred (GRADD) is an organization founded by undocumented graduate students, which aims to address the needs of immigrant students interested in pursuing graduate education. GRADD works to establish a national network of students, faculty members and community leaders dedicated to bringing resources and attention to this underserved student population. Through the creation of an inclusive and safe environment, GRADD intends to reassure students that their academic and professional goals are achievable.
- National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, Ann Arbor, Michigan
The National Forum exists to support higher education’s role as a public good. In this pursuit, the Forum utilizes research and other tools to create and disseminate knowledge that addresses higher education issues of public importance.
- UndocuScholars, UCLA
UndocuScholars is a study reaching students at U.S. colleges who do not have the benefit of recognized documentation status. The project aims to reach students at every type of institution — community colleges and four-year colleges and universities, public or private — across the country.
- National Immigration Law Center
Founded in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is the primary advocacy organization in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families.
- Immigrants Rising
Immigrants Rising’s mission is to empower undocumented young people to achieve their academic and career goals and actively contribute to society.
TheDream.US is a new multimillion dollar National Scholarship Fund for DREAMers, created to help immigrant youth who’ve received DACA achieve their American Dream through the completion of a college education.
- Migration Policy Institute
The Migration Policy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC, dedicated to analysis of the movement of people worldwide.
- Center for American Progress
The Center for American Progress is an independent, nonpartisan policy institute dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Its aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice
The mission of Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ) is to promote a fair and equitable society for all by working for civil and human rights and empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities.
- Institute for Immigration, Globalization and Education, UCLA
The Institute for Immigration, Globalization and Education (IGE) conducts multidisciplinary and comparative research engaging policymakers, practitioners and institutional leaders.
- Longhorn Dreamers Project, University of Texas at Austin
The Longhorn DREAMers Project seeks to strengthen support services on campus for undocumented students enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin.
- UCLA Undocumented Student Program
The Bruin Resource Center’s Undocumented Student Program offers caring and personalized support to undergraduate and graduate undocumented students. The BRC provides a welcoming and safe space to help students navigate UCLA. The BRC offers mentoring and encouragement, guidance on educational strategies and financial opportunities, and tools to succeed academically and personally. They increase campus awareness of, and advocate for, undocumented student issues. In doing so, the BRC fosters a sense of belonging, community and well-being for all undocumented students on campus.