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Experts by Experience is a series of discussions with college students from Chicago who are navigating the current rupture in their educational journeys. Through our monthly discussions with students, we aim to shed light on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on young Chicagoans who are pursuing higher education. These discussions provide opportunities for students to share their insights on how educators, policymakers, and college success practitioners can best support them through this new normal. The series also highlights the innovative ways that students themselves are adjusting in real time to rapidly evolving conditions.

For our fifth conversation, we are joined by Sherelin and Yessenia, two CPS alumni who are currently enrolled in Roosevelt University and Dominican University. We focus on how they navigate their campuses as DACA students and their ideas about how colleges can better act as allies for DACA recipients and undocumented students. Check out the episode to learn more about what DACA is and how the Supreme Court's recent decision regarding DACA has impacted students' college persistence journeys.

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Donate to Dominican University's Emergency Fund for DACA Students or the Undocumented & Immigrant Allyance

To donate to Dominican University's emergency fund for DACA students or Undocumented and Immigrant Allyance, visit the university's Student Relief Fund webpage. In the "Comments" section, please write where you would like your donation to go: "for SFIRE/DACA renewals" or "for the Undocumented and Immigrant Allyance." Funds which go to the former are directly given to students who apply for emergency grants, and funds which go to the latter are used for Undocumented and Immigrant Allyance's campus fundraising events.


Resources for Students and Their Families

The Resurrection Project is a nonprofit in Pilsen, Chicago that helps families build financial security, provides access to affordable housing, defends immigrant rights, and inspires collective power among community residents. The Resurrection Project offers high-quality immigration legal services aimed at protecting Illinois residents and reuniting immigrants with their families. They offer weekly walk-in consultations every Saturday at 9 a.m. Individuals are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more about the Resurrection Project and the legal services they provide, visit their website.


Previous Episodes

Listen to the fourth episode of Experts by Experience, "Clapping Back" with Guillermo & Jameelah.

Listen to the third episode of Experts by Experience, "Remaining True" with Guillermo & Jameelah.

Listen to the second episode of Experts by Experience, "Robbed of Those Experiences" with Kiara & Yoselin.

Listen to the first episode of Experts by Experience, "The Energy to Adapt" with Yahriel & Yessica.

Download the Episode 5 Transcript

Download the discussion transcript