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Better FAFSA for Mixed Status Families: Updates from the Department of Education

On March 15, 2024, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a briefing with the Department of Education, Immigrant Rising, NILC, ImmSchools, and the National College Attainment Network. The purpose was to deliver the most recent updates from the Department of Education regarding the status of the Better FAFSA for mixed-status families, as well as to offer recommendations and resources for institutions and practitioners assisting students with non-SSN contributors. Watch Here: The Department of Education released an updated version of the Free Application... Continue Reading
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The Impact of the New FAFSA on Mixed Status Immigrant Families

The Impact of the New FAFSA on Mixed Status Immigrant Families The Department of Education released an updated version of the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) in December 2023. Since the launch of the new FAFSA, contributors without social security numbers (SSNs) have been unable to set up required FSA IDs and have encountered error messages when seeking to fill out the form. This leaves a large population of students at risk of missing priority aid deadlines and precludes... Continue Reading
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Unlocking Advance Parole, Part II: An Intensive Workshop for Campuses

On February 6th, 2024, at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT, the Presidents’ Alliance and FWD.us hosted an interactive follow-up workshop from our November webinar, Pathways to Protection for DACA Recipients: Unlocking Advance Parole. This workshop focused on successfully implementing Advance Parole initiatives on your campus. Participants had the opportunity to gain hands-on support from experts and connect with colleagues working to develop similar programs. Watch the webinar here: This webinar featured: Ali Procopio, Director of Education and Workforce, Immigration, FWD.us Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer, Clinical... Continue Reading
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DACA and the 5th Circuit: What’s at Stake and Why Join Our Amicus Brief

The Presidents‘ Alliance and TheDream.US are coordinating an amicus brief in support of MALDEF’s appeal in Texas v. United States, the Fifth Circuit case involving the legality of DACA. On Monday, January 22, from 3-4 pm ET/12-1 pm PT, The Presidents‘ Alliance and TheDream.US co-hosted a webinar that covered the case, what is at stake, an outline of the amicus brief, and why institutions and organizations should consider joining. Speakers discussed projections about the future timeline of the case and... Continue Reading
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The Essential Role of Practical Training in U.S. Higher Education and the Innovation Economy

International students play an important role in the US – offering diverse perspectives on campus, creating American jobs, and providing a source of talent to American employers. To shed light on the priorities and preferences of international students, Shorelight commissioned a survey of over 1,200 institutional students, alumni, and prospects. The data offer insights into how international students choose a destination for their studies, and how that equation would change if programs like OPT ceased to exist. On January 25th,... Continue Reading
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Webinar Recording and Resources: Private Institutions Tool Launch

On Wednesday, November 1, the Presidents’ Alliance along with our partners, TheDream.US and Golden Door Scholars, hosted a webinar to launch our new Private Institutions Tool, which lives on the Higher Ed Immigration Portal. During the webinar, we previewed the new interactive tool that enables students, counselors, and campuses to compare college and university policies related to supporting undocumented students. Find out how your campus can join our database! Speakers Included: Hyein Lee, Director of Programs and Evaluation, TheDream.US Sam... Continue Reading
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Pathways to Protection for DACA Recipients: Unlocking Advance Parole

Pathways to Protection for DACA Recipients: Unlocking Advance Parole On November 8, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance partnered with FWD.us and TheDream.us to learn more about Advance Parole (AP) – what it is, how it works, the ways in which AP may unlock pathways to more permanent protections for DACA recipients, and the steps required to establish an AP program on your campus. Watch the Webinar: This webinar featured: Laura Enriquez, Associate Professor of Chicano/Latino Students, University of California, Irvine José González... Continue Reading
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Private Institutions Tool Launch

On Wednesday, November 1st at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration will host a webinar on the recently launched Private Institution Tool on the Higher Ed Immigration Portal. This tool extends the Portal’s state policy tracking of admission and financial aid policies to track private institutions’ policies and support services. This event will feature an overview of the tool and a conversation with representatives from private institutions and organizations supporting undocumented students, followed by a... Continue Reading
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Rapid Response Briefing on the recent DACA Decision by Judge Hanen

Rapid Response Briefing on the recent DACA Decision by Judge Hanen On Thursday, September 21 at 12 PM ET/11 AM CT, The Presidents’ Alliance co-hosted a virtual one-hour Rapid Response Briefing on the Latest DACA Decision with the TheDream.US, FWD.us, and MALDEF. Speakers addressed the legal context and implications of the most recent ruling on DACA, what it means for DACA recipients and undocumented individuals, and how higher education can support undocumented students in this time of need. The briefing discussed... Continue Reading
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Welcome Corps on Campus: Building Sustainable Pathways for Refugee Students

On September 12, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance joined the State Department and partners at Georgetown University for the first public event on Welcome Corps on Campus. This event brought together experts in higher education, policymakers, and refugee resettlement organizations to discuss inclusive pathways for refugees to access higher education. Continue Reading
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Webinar Recording and Resource – Achieving Inclusive Excellence: Immigrant-Origin Students Are Key to the Future of U.S. Higher Education

  On Wednesday, August 2, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a one-hour webinar on “Achieving Inclusive Excellence: Immigrant-Origin Students Are Key to the Future of U.S. Higher Education.” The Presidents’ Alliance, in partnership with the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and the American Immigration Council (AIC), released new estimates and enrollment data of immigrant-origin students, including undocumented students, in higher education. The state and national pages on the Higher Ed Immigration Portal have also been updated with the... Continue Reading
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Webinar Recording and Resources: The Interview of A Lifetime: An analysis of Visa Denials and International student flows to the U.S.

On Wednesday, July 26, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a one-hour webinar on “The Interview of A Lifetime: An analysis of Visa Denials and International student flows to the U.S.“. Presidents’ Alliance and Shorelight, released a new research report on the visa denial trends for prospective international students. This new research report sheds light on the visa denial trends for prospective international students, particularly focusing on students from the Global South, with a special emphasis on the African continent. The report... Continue Reading
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Webinar Recording and Resources: Understanding TPS & SSR Options: Implications For Students & Institutions

On Thursday, June 22, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a one-hour webinar on “Understanding TPS & SSR Options: Implications For Students & Institutions“, co-sponsored by NAFSA. With an uptick in the use of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as a humanitarian protection, higher education institutions had been inquiring how to help students navigate this status and Special Student Relief (SSR). This webinar provided an overview of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Special Student Relief (SSR) as they impact students and higher... Continue Reading
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Webinar Recording and Resources – Opportunities to Connect to Refugee Students Overseas

On Wednesday, June 14, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a one-hour webinar on “Opportunities to Connect to Refugee Students Overseas, co-sponsored by KenSAP, Syrian Youth Empowerment Initiative, and DuoLingo/UNHCR Advising. This webinar provided an overview of opportunities and effective practices for campuses to enroll and support refugee students from overseas. The webinar highlighted the work of three college access programs, KenSAP, Syrian Youth Empowerment Initiative, and DuoLingo/UNHCR Advising, that support refugee students’ access to higher education. It also highlighted the... Continue Reading
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Webinar – Understanding the Complexities of Border Security and its Impacts on Reaching a Bipartisan Compromise for Dreamers

On Friday, June 9, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a one-hour webinar on “Understanding the Complexities of Border Security and its Impacts on Reaching a Bipartisan Compromise for Dreamers“, co-sponsored by Niskanen Center, American Business Immigration Coalition, American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association, National Immigration Forum. During this event, various professionals such as campus leaders, policy experts, and immigration analysts shared their insights on how discussions about border management are often politicized. The speakers also highlighted the potential to... Continue Reading
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Webinar – Implementation of Tuition Equity for Undocumented Students in Arizona

On June 7, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a one-hour webinar on the Implementation of Tuition Equity for Undocumented Students in Arizona, co-sponsored by Aliento, National College Attainment Network (NCAN), TheDream.US, American Immigration Council, and Immigrants Rising. Speakers took an in-depth look at the crucial role that colleges and universities can play to effectively implement tuition equity policies in Arizona and elsewhere. The event included impacted students who shared their stories and discussed the importance and challenges in implementing Proposition... Continue Reading
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Higher Ed Pathways to Immigration: Why it Matters Event

  On April 21, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance co-hosted a half-day event, Higher Ed Pathways to Immigration: Why it Matters . This event illuminated higher education’s role in facilitating immigration pathways, developing talent and potential, and reducing barriers to integration and naturalization. As the Biden Administration seeks to build on the strength of immigrant contributions to our knowledge-based economy, colleges and universities serve as critically important pathways for immigration and for immigrant integration, mobility, and success. However, these pathways are not... Continue Reading
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Webinar: Why States Can Already Hire Undocumented Students

On March 22, 2023, over 300 people joined the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education & Immigration, the UCLA Center for Immigration Law & Policy, and the Undocumented Student-Led Network on a webinar titled Why States Can Already Hire Undocumented Students. This informational webinar covered the legal foundation and challenges of the proposal that state entities can hire undocumented students who do not have federal work authorization. Speakers addressed the legal theory behind the proposal, prospects for challenges, implementation issues and... Continue Reading
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Webinar: Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Refugee Students in Higher Ed, PART 2: Building On Campus Support for Refugee Students

On Wednesday, December 7, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a webinar, Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Refugee Students in Higher Ed, PART 2: Building On Campus Support for Refugee Students. Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Refugee Students in Higher Education provided an overview of resources and effective practices for campuses to enroll and support refugee students, focused specifically on refugee students on F1 student visas and humanitarian parole. The webinar series covered a broad range of... Continue Reading
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Webinar- Uplifting Campus Resources: Part 1: Refugee Student Enrollment & Leveraging Financial Resources

On Wednesday, November 9, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance and co-sponsor Duolingo English Test hosted a webinar, Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Refugee Students in Higher Ed, PART 1: Refugee Student Enrollment & Leveraging Financial Resources. This was part 1 of a two-part series. Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Refugee Students in Higher Education provides an overview of resources and effective practices for campuses to enroll and support refugee students, focused specifically on refugee students on F1... Continue Reading
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Webinar: Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Undocumented Students in Higher Education

On Wednesday, October 19, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance and co-sponsors, TheDream.US, FWD.us, Immigrants Rising, and Informed Immigrants hosted a webinar, Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Undocumented Students in Higher Education. This webinar focused on the initiatives and effective practices that campus leaders and practitioners have implemented to support undocumented students with and without work authorization. Presenters shared about the top needs of undocumented students, the research on Undocumented Student Resource Centers (USRC) and how to start a center... Continue Reading
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Webinar – Rapid Response Briefing on the Fifth Circuit Ruling on the Legality of DACA

On Monday, October 10, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance and co-sponsors, TheDream.US, FWD.us, Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Penn State Law, and the Center for Immigration Law and Policy at UCLA, hosted a “Rapid Response Briefing on the Fifth Circuit Ruling on the Legality of DACA“. Speakers addressed the current legal context and implications of the recent ruling from the Fifth Circuit, what it means for current and prospective DACA recipients, and how higher ed can support their undocumented campus... Continue Reading
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Briefing: Arizona Proposition 308: Equal Access & Fairness in Higher Education for All Students

On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance, along with our partners, hosted “Arizona Proposition 308: Equal Access & Fairness in Higher Education for All Students”. This briefing discussed Arizona’s Proposition 308, which would provide equal access to in-state tuition and state financial aid to the state’s undocumented students. Higher education leaders, state policymakers, and immigration experts discussed how Arizona Prop. 308 would create equal and fair access to college in Arizona and would help bolster the state’s economy. This... Continue Reading
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Webinar: DACA’s Precarious Future: A Conversation with Legal Experts and Advocates

On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance, along with our partners, hosted DACA’s Precarious Future: A Conversation with Legal Experts and Advocates. This briefing discussed DACA’s future as it moves through the Federal Court system. Legal experts discussed the current status of different court cases and why DACA’s future is so precarious despite this administration’s efforts to fortify DACA. Speakers laid out the legislative path ahead to build on DACA’s successes and press for bipartisan Dream legislation. This briefing... Continue Reading
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Helping Afghan Students Navigate the Visa Process

In this timely briefing, co-hosted by the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and NAFSA: Association of International Educators, we heard from experts on how to help displaced Afghan students successfully navigate the visa process. With the increased number of Afghans who have fled their country of origin and are now seeking higher education opportunities in the United States, a broad array of campus stakeholders are eager to help them find paths to study, teach or conduct research. Drawing... Continue Reading
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Briefing – University Sponsorship of Refugee Students: Initiative on Increasing U.S. Education Pathways for Refugee Students

On December 2, the Presidents’ Alliance and its partners in the Initiative on U.S. Education Pathways for Refugee Students held a briefing to discuss our newly released report and recommendations on university sponsorship of refugee students. Since an inaugural strategy meeting in May 2021, over a hundred individuals, representing over 60 organizations, have collaborated to create policy and program recommendations for the establishment of a refugee student pathway to US higher education through a college/university refugee sponsorship program, which involves... Continue Reading
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Rapid Response Briefing: Proposed Rule to Fortify DACA and Higher Ed Engagement

The Presidents’ Alliance hosted a one-hour rapid response briefing on the proposed rule to fortify DACA, co-sponsored by TheDream.US, Curran, Berger and Kludt Immigration Law, PennState Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, and UCLA Center for Immigration and Law Policy. Speakers addressed the legal context and implications of the proposed rule, what it means for current and prospective DACA recipients, and how campuses can engage in submitting comments. The event also included discussion of the prospects for legislative action regarding... Continue Reading
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Book Launch & Conversation: America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility

The Presidents’ Alliance held a conversation on September 14, 2021 to celebrate the launch of Dr. Rajika Bhandari’s new book, America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility. Dr. Bhandari is an international higher education expert and also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Presidents’ Alliance. Among a list of “most anticipated books for the rest of 2021,” America Calling is both a deeply personal story of Bhandari’s search for her place and voice, but also an... Continue Reading
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Higher Ed Afghan Response and Advocacy: Action & Information Briefing

On September 9, 2021, the Presidents’ Alliance held a briefing, Higher Ed Afghan Response and Advocacy: Action & Information Briefing. This briefing shared with campuses what is happening on the ground for Afghan refugees coming to the US, what is needed, and how campuses can engage. Refugee resettlement, organizational and institutional leaders and policy experts addressed the significant needs of and the current policy and legal context for SIVs, Afghan students and scholars, and others coming to the U.S., as... Continue Reading
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Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) Briefs Business Leaders and Immigration Advocates on Immigration Reform and Budget Reconciliation

On July 29, the Presidents’ Alliance co-sponsored an event with the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC), along with other partners, that briefed dozens of immigration advocates, including members of the business, faith, higher education, and immigrants’ rights groups, on immigration reform and budget reconciliation. Miriam Feldblum, executive director at the Presidents’ Alliance, asked an important question about how higher education can advocate for and alongside undocumented students. You can watch Senator Menendez’s response below, or see the full event recording... Continue Reading
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Expanding The Workforce Of The Midwest Through Common Sense Immigration Solutions

On Wednesday, July 28, the Presidents’ Alliance co-sponsored an event, hosted by the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC), called “Expanding the Workforce of the Midwest Through Common Sense Immigration Solutions.” America’s Midwest, which includes Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan, heavily relies on immigrant workers to power key industries including agriculture, hospitality, restaurant, and healthcare industries. With historic workforce shortages affecting the nation — hitting the Midwest particularly hard — speakers discussed the urgency of immigration reform to strengthen... Continue Reading
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Webinar: Dreamers, Higher Ed & Immigration Reform Legislation – A Briefing for Congressional Offices

Congress is considering several bills and legislative paths to legalization for immigrant students, including DACA recipients and other undocumented students. Each of the bills will also impact higher education access, affordability, and success for these students, whether by enabling undocumented students to access federal financial aid or by offering them permanent residence. Sponsored by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX-20), this one-hour briefing features a discussion impacted students, and immigration and higher education policy experts on current immigration legislation efforts and their... Continue Reading
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Rapid Response Briefing: The Texas Court Decision on DACA and Its Implications for Higher Education

On July 21, the Presidents’ Alliance and TheDream.US co-hosted a rapid response briefing, “The Texas Court Decision on DACA and Its Implications for Higher Education.” The event included a legal analysis of the Texas decision, what it means for the future of DACA and the practical impacts of the decision on current DACA recipients, DACA-eligible students, and campuses. Speakers also addressed the implications for the ongoing negotiations in Congress regarding a roadmap to citizenship for Dreamers and other undocumented populations... Continue Reading
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Fulfilling Florida’s Promise: University President’s Forum on the Dream Act and Immigration Reform

On Tuesday, June 29, the Presidents’ Alliance partnered with the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) and the IMPAC Fund to host “Fulfilling Florida’s Promise: University President’s Forum on the Dream Act and Immigration Reform.” For decades, young undocumented immigrants have enrolled in our higher education institutions, strengthened our workforce, and fulfilled critical labor needs. Congressional action is required to unleash their economic potential. The event discussed the urgent need for our elected leaders to support the bipartisan Dream Act of... Continue Reading
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Webinar – Refugee Students on U.S. College Campuses: Resources for Campuses and Advocates

On June 23, 2021, the Presidents’ Alliance and UARRM’s Student Voices for Refugees hosted a webinar, Refugee Students on U.S. College Campuses: Resources for Campuses and Advocates. The webinar covered short-term solutions to address the barriers refugee students face to entering higher education, as well as long-term goals for increasing refugee student access to the U.S. and U.S. higher education. The webinar also marked the formal launch of the UARRM Student Voices for Refugees Toolkit, a collection of resources created... Continue Reading
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Webinar – International Students and Immigrants in Medicine and Healthcare: Challenges and Barriers

On May 26, 2021, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a webinar, International Students and Immigrants in Medicine and Healthcare: Challenges and Barriers. International students and immigrants in the medical and scientific fields are a highly visible group in the U.S., from the corridors of medical schools and hospitals to research laboratories. Despite their large presence and their critical contributions during the pandemic, international students and foreign-born workers in these fields continue to face significant immigration barriers related to entry and their... Continue Reading
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Action Alert Briefing: Will International Students Return in Fall 2021? A Vital Resource at Risk

On April 7, the Presidents’ Alliance and NAFSA co-hosted an action alert briefing, “Will International Students Return in Fall 2021? A Vital Resource at Risk.” The briefing discussed how visa processing delays and travel restrictions could significantly impact fall 2021 international student enrollment on U.S. campuses. We covered newly released data and visa processing and travel restriction policy issues. Speakers, including policy and data experts and campus and international education leaders, discussed how campus leaders can support advocacy actions to... Continue Reading
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Dare to Dream: Dream Act Legislation & Opportunities for Advocacy

This one-hour webinar on Wednesday, March 31, co-hosted by the Presidents’ Alliance and TheDream.US, shared the latest on developments regarding Dream Act-related legislation in Congress. The briefing covered the current status, timeline, and potential movement for bills, including the Senate Dream Act of 2021, what it means now that the House has passed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021, and other related legislation. Speakers discussed how campuses can support legislative advocacy and their students during this pivotal time... Continue Reading
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Carolinas Flourishing: Unlocking the Region’s Economic Potential through Sensible Immigration Solutions.

On March 25, the Presidents’ Alliance co-sponsored a virtual immigration summit, Carolinas Flourishing: Unlocking the Region’s Economic Potential through Sensible Immigration Solutions, hosted by the American Business Immigration Coalition. The summit featured business leaders, politicians, and higher education leaders, including Presidents’ Alliance members Vincent Price (Duke University President) and Krista L. Newkirk (Converse College President). You can find a recording of the event here. Continue Reading
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Intermountain Rising: Unlocking our Region’s Economic Potential Through Bipartisan Immigration Reform

On March 19, the American Business Immigration Coalition — Intermountain Chapter hosted an immigration summit, “Intermountain Rising: Unlocking our Region’s Economic Potential Through Bipartisan Immigration Reform.” The Presidents’ Alliance co-sponsored the summit along with other partners. The summit featured business leaders, CEOs, university presidents and bipartisan elected officials, including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT); Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R-AZ); U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Colorado Gov. Jared Polis; U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ); and U.S. Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ). The summit... Continue Reading
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Texas Prospers: Keeping Our State Competitive and Prosperous through Bipartisan Dream Legislation

On March 16, more than 200 business leaders and CEOs, university presidents, and lawmakers gathered for “Texas Prospers: Keeping Our State Competitive and Prosperous through Bipartisan Dream Legislation.” The summit was hosted by the Texas Business Immigration Coalition, American Business Immigration Coalition, and Texas Opportunity Coalition, and co-sponsored by the Presidents’ Alliance, among other partners. Presidents’ Alliance member Taylor Eighmy, President of the University of Texas at San Antonio, spoke at the event. For more details, including the recording, click... Continue Reading
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Fulfilling America’s Promise: Briefing with Senator Dick Durbin on Dream Act and Immigration Reform

On February 26, 2021, the American Business Immigration Coalition and United We Dream co-hosted “Fulfilling America’s Promise: Briefing with Senator Dick Durbin on Dream Act and Immigration Reform.” During the event, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and co-sponsor of the bipartisan Dream Act with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) gave an update on the legislation and answered questions from advocates, university presidents and CEOs. The Presidents’ Alliance co-sponsored the event. Watch the video here.   Continue Reading
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Florida Thriving: Florida IMPAC Summit for Immigration Reform

On February 25, 2021, the Presidents’ Alliance partnered with the American Business Immigration Coalition to sponsor “Florida Thriving: Florida IMPAC Summit for Immigration Reform.” The Summit provided the opportunity to hear directly from elected officials, business leaders, Dreamers and Essential Workers on how commonsense, bipartisan immigration solutions can help us rebuild, recover and thrive. Watch the video here. See the speaker list here. Continue Reading
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New England Business Immigration Summit

On February 19, 2021, the Presidents’ Alliance partnered with the American Business Immigration Coalition to host the New England Business Immigration Summit, featuring Sens. Markey and King and Harvard President Bacow and Colby College President Green. The focus of the summit was to educate, engage and motivate a broad group of business, university and elected leaders to advance sensible federal immigration reform in 2021 that addresses the problems, not just the symptoms, including high and low skilled visas, agricultural visas... Continue Reading
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Educating for Action: How Your Students and Campus Can Advance Immigrant Justice

This one-hour webinar, Educating for Action: How Your Students and Campus Can Advance Immigrant Justice, presented concrete steps campuses can take to support immigrants and asylum seekers. With 1.2 million pending cases in immigration courts, there is a national shortage of advocates prepared to guide immigrants through this complex system. Students are eager to learn more about immigration and how they can direct their energies, passions, and talents to support immigrant justice. As hubs of knowledge, innovation, and social change... Continue Reading
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BRIEFING: Refugee Advocacy and Higher Education Access

  Earlier this month, the Presidents’ Alliance co-hosted a convening with the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Rutgers Global on Refugee Advocacy and Higher Education Access. Participants discussed ways they can get involved as advocates for increasing educational opportunities for refugees living in and outside of the United States. View recorded video. View agenda and speaker list. Continue Reading
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RAPID RESPONSE BRIEFING: What’s Next?: The Future of DACA in Regards to Litigation, Executive Action & Legislation

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and TheDream.US hosted a briefing for members, partners, and advocates to provide information on the future of DACA. The briefing shared the latest updates on President Biden’s executive actions and legislative proposal relating to DACA and Dreamer students, as well as on the Fifth Circuit legal challenge that threatens the continued existence of DACA. Speakers discussed how we expect DACA to change under the Biden-Harris administration, the efforts to expand protections and... Continue Reading
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BRIEFING: First and Second Generation Immigrant Students in Higher Education: What Campus Leaders Need to Know — Crucial Stakes for Higher Education and Our Country

This one-hour briefing provided in-depth coverage of a new Presidents’ Alliance-commissioned and Migration Policy Institute-produced report on the number of first and second generation immigrant students in higher education. The report reveals the significant impact of immigration policy on college enrollments, the implications of immigrant student demographics for addressing racial equity, and the importance of immigrant students in degree attainment and workforce development goals in states across the country. The briefing was cosponsored by the Presidents’ Alliance and the Community... Continue Reading
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Rapid Response Briefing: Proposed Rule to End Duration of Status for International Students and Exchange Visitors

This rapid response briefing addressed the proposed rule to end duration of status for F-1 international students and J exchange visitors and their families. The briefing covered the impact of the proposed rule, why it matters, and what campus leaders can do now. If finalized without change, the proposed rule would constitute the largest changes to regulation of international students and scholars in 20 years, and result in further declines of international students to the U.S. The briefing featured legal... Continue Reading
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RAPID RESPONSE BRIEFING: Responding to the Administration’s New Efforts to Dismantle DACA

The briefing addressed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo, recent court developments, what higher education leaders and campuses need to know, how we can best support undocumented students and DACA recipients, and actions we can take now. The briefing featured leading immigration, legal, and advocacy experts and crucial campus voices, including the perspective of campus leaders and DACA recipients, and the practical, institutional actions and advocacy steps campuses can take to support these students. View Recorded Video Download... Continue Reading
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RAPID RESPONSE BRIEFING: ICE’s SEVP Guidance for International Students and Higher Education

This rapid response briefing addressed the new and disturbing July 6th guidance and forthcoming rule by ICE, which includes preventing international students from continuing their study in the U.S.—and putting them at risk of deportation—if enrolled in all online classes or attending institutions that continue with all online classes for Fall 2020. Speakers explained what we know and don’t know about the new guidance, shared crucial campus and student perspectives, and discussed potential litigation and advocacy opportunities. View Recorded Video... Continue Reading
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RAPID RESPONSE BRIEFING: June 22 Presidential Proclamation & Its Impacts on Higher Education and Other Sectors

This rapid response briefing addressed the June 22 Presidential Proclamation that continues the suspension of immigrant visas and extends the suspension to include certain international workers and professionals. Who is affected by the Proclamation? What are the impacts on higher education and other sectors? How should we engage? The briefing featured leading immigration legal experts, litigators, student voices, and campus perspectives. View Recorded Video Download Supporting Materials Speakers Madhan Arulanandam, Director, International Student Concerns, National Association of Graduate-Professional Students Miriam... Continue Reading
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RAPID RESPONSE BRIEFING: Implications of Supreme Court’s Decision on DACA

The Supreme Court has ruled that the administration’s attempt to end DACA in September 2017 is unlawful. The one-hour briefing featured higher education, immigration, legal, and policy experts who addressed the implications of the Supreme Court decision on DACA. It provided an overview and analysis of the decision; its implications for current and prospective DACA recipients; impact on colleges and universities; and opportunities for state, federal, and higher ed advocacy. This briefing featured the perspectives of college and university system... Continue Reading
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BRIEFING: COVID-19 Crisis and the Impact on International Populations in Higher Education and Beyond

This briefing featured immigration legal and policy experts who addressed the issues affecting international populations in higher education and beyond to the workplace due to the COVID-19 crisis. The briefing also featured the perspectives of senior campus leaders in a discussion moderated by one of the leading journalists engaged in international education issues as well as advocacy and action steps that campuses can take now. View Recorded Video Download Supporting Materials Speakers Dan Berger, Partner, Curran, Berger & Kludt Alan... Continue Reading
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WEBINAR: How to Create Non-Employment Based Fellowships and Other Funding Opportunities for Undocumented Students

This in-depth webinar helped college administrators and faculty explore options to create non-employment-based fellowships and other funding options for undocumented students. Speakers addressed support for undocumented students, funding options, research and teaching fellowship structures, internship opportunities, and other initiatives. Following overviews on funding options and types of fellowship structures, administrators and faculty at public and private institutions discussed programs they have set up and lessons learned. View Recorded Video Download Supporting Materials Speakers Lauren Cardenas, Assistant Director, Marshall Undergraduate Career... Continue Reading
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WEBINAR: COVID-19 Crisis and the Impact on Undocumented/DACA Students and Their Families: What Campus Leaders Need to Know

This one-hour briefing featured immigration, legal, policy, and student support experts who addressed the issues affecting undocumented and DACAmented students and their families, the applicability of COVID-19 legislation and other relief measures to undocumented immigrant populations and DACA recipients in particular, the impact of government immigration-related actions in the wake of the crisis, and emergent student needs. View Recorded Video Download Supporting Materials Speakers Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director, Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration Ur Jaddou, Director, DHS Watch,... Continue Reading
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WEBINAR: COVID-19 Briefing: How International & Immigrant Populations in Higher Education are Impacted, What Campuses Leaders Need to Know

This one-hour briefing featured immigration, legal, and policy experts who addressed the legal and regulatory issues impacting international students, scholars and others in higher education, outstanding questions for campuses, and the impact of recent government immigration-related actions in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. View Recorded Video Download Supporting Materials Speakers Alan Cramb, President, Illinois Institute of Technology Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director, Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration Jose Magaña-Salgado, Director of Policy and Communications, Presidents’ Alliance on Higher... Continue Reading
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WEBINAR: Higher Education and Immigration Public Charge: What Colleges Need to Know

Now that the new federal regulation on immigration public charge is taking effect, college and university administrators are scrambling to answer questions from students, faculty and other staff about how the new rule will affect them. This timely, informative webinar will provide a basic overview of the new rule and how it is reshaping the green-card application process for millions of immigrants. View Recorded Video Download Supporting Materials Speakers Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Senior Fellow, National Skills Coalition Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director,... Continue Reading
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WEBINAR: Alternative Income and Career Options for Undocumented Students: How Colleges Can Help

This March 4, 2020 webinar was designed specifically for campus staff and faculty who want to understand and explore the career, income and funding options open to undocumented students and alumni who may not have work authorization. Undocumented people without DACA or TPS can have a career and earn a living. View Recorded Video Download Supporting Materials (including Power Point Slides) Speakers Vanessa Bransburg, Senior Managing Director, Democracy at Work Institute Jose Higuera Lopez, Deputy Director, The Mexican Studies Institute... Continue Reading
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WEBINAR: Alternative Income and Career Options for Undocumented Students

This recorded webinar is geared for students and alumni who may not have DACA or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and for those who do hold these statuses but worry that it might end. No matter what comes, there are options! On campus, you may be eligible for research, learning or teaching fellowships that are not employment-based or scholarships providing funding for your education and living expenses. And, beyond campus, undocumented people without DACA or TPS can pursue careers and incomes,... Continue Reading
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Hispanic National Bar Association: DREAMer Initiative

The Hispanic National Bar Association created a toolkit to empower advocates, lawyers, students, and others to expand equal access to financial aid for Dreamers through private, state, and institutional actors. The toolkit provides the resources and tools to: Encourage private scholarships and foundations to rescind any “citizenship” requirement. Educate state legislature on the importance of Dreamer-friendly laws, especially around higher education access and tuition. Contact alma matters and other educational institutions and encourage them to adopt Dreamer-friendly admission and financial aid policies. Download the... Continue Reading
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Audio Recording for Presidents’ Alliance Briefing on Dream and Promise Act

On March 14, 2019, the Presidents’ Alliance held a telephonic briefing for members to provide an overview, analysis, and next steps regarding H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019. The briefing included partners from FWD.us and a Deferred Enforced Departure recipient and PhD student, Yatta Kiazolu. The briefing also contained presentations from Presidents’ Alliance staff. To download the zip file containing the audio of the briefing, click below. 2019-03-14 Audio Recording of Member Briefing on Dream 2019_STREAMLINED Continue Reading
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Learning Circle – Helping Undocumented Students Pay for College: Learning from Higher Ed Innovators

Income Sharing Agreements: An emerging model to help DREAMers pay for their education and build a sustainable funding model A presentation by Kevin James, President of Better Future Forward, on the use of Income Sharing Agreements to help undocumented students pay for college A discussion with Matthew Gianneschi, Chief Operating Officer, Colorado Mountain College, and Ricshawn Adkins Roane, Chief of Staff, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation on why and how they have adopted their versions of the ISA model Financial Aid... Continue Reading
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Learning Circle – Helping Undocumented Students Pay for College: Learning from Higher Ed Innovators

Income Sharing Agreements: An emerging model to help DREAMers pay for their education and build a sustainable funding model A presentation by Kevin James, President of Better Future Forward, on the use of Income Sharing Agreements to help undocumented students pay for college A discussion with Matthew Gianneschi, Chief Operating Officer, Colorado Mountain College, and Ricshawn Adkins Roane, Chief of Staff, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation on why and how they have adopted their versions of the ISA model Financial Aid... Continue Reading
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Supporting Undocumented Students via Resource Centers: What Institutions can Learn from New Research and Best Practices

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, TheDream.US, and the UndocuScholars Project at UCLA co-sponsored this webinar presenting the findings of two new studies: “In Their Own Words, Higher Education, DACA & TPS: Results from a National Survey of TheDream.US Scholars;” and “Undocumented Student Resource Centers (USRCs): Institutional Supports for Undocumented Students.” Leaders from USRCs discuss their effective practices and how to start, run, and sustain these centers. Continue Reading