As part of Undocu-Week, we’ve asked Undocumented Students to share their stories and explain what it means to have support from our allies. Today we’re sharing the story of Grace Kim.
When I think of the word “undocumented”, many things come to mind. I think back to the time when folks told me that I should be afraid, apologetic, and ashamed of my status, and I believed them for a long time. I think of the struggles I encounter everyday navigating through the barriers of living as an undocumented womxn of color.
But what I think of the most when I hear the word “undocumented” is POWER. I think of my fellow undocumented students and our efforts to unite, empower, and disrupt the institution to make our voices heard. I think of community mentors and educators who work tirelessly to provide, guide, and support for us to succeed. I think of allies who have stood in solidarity with us to support our community in every way possible. I think of how loving, accepting and inspiring our community is.
The undocumented community at Cal is home to me because it has given me a sense of belonging and a new meaning to life. Thank you for everything and for being my family.