New Tool Launches: “Undocumented Student Communities of Practice” Network and Directory

New Tool Launches: “Undocumented Student Communities of Practice” Network and Directory

For Immediate Release: May 16, 2023

Contact: Luz Bertadillo, 

Washington, D.C.— The Presidents’ Alliance of Higher Education and Immigration and partners TheDream.US and Immigrants Rising are proud to announce the launch of the first national “Undocumented Student Communities of Practice,” a new online tool and directory that aims to share effective practices, host topic-specific meetings and working groups, and facilitate connections for those who work with undocumented immigrant students. More than 100 experts from more than 25 states have already joined the network.

According to Luz Bertadillo Rodriguez, Project Manager for Presidents’ Alliance of Higher Education and Immigration: “We are thrilled to have launched The Undocumented Communities of Practice Directory & Network! We plan to utilize this tool to build a national network of practitioners and advocates who are working towards increasing the access, success and retention of undocumented students in higher education. This community of practice will allow us to dive deeper into issue areas and challenges that campuses face and together find ways to advance change for and with undocumented students.”   

Hyein Lee, Director of Programs and Evaluation at TheDream.US said: “The Communities of Practice Directory is a powerful tool for individuals committed to college and career equity for undocumented students nationwide. Oftentimes, we find this work is siloed to an individual or department within a college or university. The Directory connects practitioners, advocates, and students across institutions and states to build communities of practice. In sharing and developing promising practices more globally, we hope institutions can more readily address the barriers and challenges facing undocumented students in completing college and launching their careers.” 

Nancy Jodaitis, Director of Higher Education at Immigrants Rising said: “Individuals that support undocumented students within college and universities can often feel isolated and are eager to connect with colleagues to address common challenges and share innovative solutions. The Communities of Practice Directory & Network is going to be an incredibly powerful tool that will elevate promising practices and foster mutually beneficial relationships across institutions to increase the academic achievement of undocumented students nationwide.”


The nonpartisan, nonprofit Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration brings college and university presidents and chancellors together on the immigration issues that impact higher education, our students, campuses, communities and nation. We work to advance just immigration policies and practices at the federal, state, and campus level that are consistent with our heritage as a nation of immigrants and the academic values of equity and openness. The Alliance is composed of over 500 presidents and chancellors of public and private colleges and universities, enrolling over five million students in 43 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico.