Study Abroad Webinar
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity at the University of California, Davis, was awarded one of the Underrepresented Students Outreach Initiative Grants, coordinated by the University of California Education Abroad Program. The proposed project supports the development of a webinar series designed to encourage the participation in study abroad programs of undocumented students in the University of California system by way of providing information about the legal, financial and psychosocial aspects to consider.
The webinar consist of two student and one educator sessions open to the University of California campus community. Webinar sessions in 2016 are scheduled for January 28, February 10 and March 23.
January 28, 2016 OR March 23, 2016
*Register for an educator webinar session.
February 10, 2016
AB540 and Undocumented Student Center
Nicole M. Uhlinger
Program Services Assistant
UC Davis Study Abroad Office
Financial Aid Officer
UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships Office
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
UC DACAmented undergraduate students
Development of the Webinar Series
Student input was identified as vital in the development of the content of the aforementioned webinar series. It was decided that focus groups would be the most effective format in obtaining insight, concerns, and recommendations from undergraduate undocumented students, while securing their confidentiality and identity. Three student focus groups were facilitated during fall 2015 quarter by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity at the University of California, Davis. A focus group was conducted at each of the following University of California campuses: Davis, Merced and Los Angeles. The AB540 and Undocumented Student Center (UC Davis), Services for Undocumented Students and Special Populations (UC Merced), and the Undocumented Student Program (UCLA) were prime collaborators in recruiting and hosting the student focus groups and the research team. It is with great appreciation that we acknowledge their invaluable partnership and support.
Through the focus groups, undergraduate undocumented students expressed their personal reactions, interest, and challenges regarding study abroad and relevant experiences regarding seeking support for their study abroad endeavors at their respective campus. Focus group participants stressed the importance of how the undocumented student support services on campus (AB540 and Undocumented Student Center, UC Davis; Services for Undocumented Students and Special Populations, UC Merced; and the Undocumented Student Program, UCLA) and the staff within these spaces were critical in their decision to initiate and advance on their study abroad goals. This and other insights were collected and considered in the development of the webinar series. A final report regarding the data collected from these focus groups is forthcoming.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus diversity