UH DREAMzone Training Promoting Awareness of Undocumented Students’ Challenges, Needs

The University of Houston is one of the nation’s most diverse universities. Among UH’s student body are Dream Scholars, who are following a pathway toward their college degrees, as well as citizenship. Through UH’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), the Cougar community can better understand and support these students’ challenges during their academic journeys.

CDI will deliver its DREAMzone Training for the campus community at noon, Nov. 18 in the Bayou City Room (219) of the Student Center South.

DREAMzone Training (adapted from the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act) allows members of the Cougar community to engage with undocumented students during an open panel discussion. Conversations will provide insight on the federal, state and institutional challenges faced by these students. Likewise, DREAMzone Training aims to dispel misconceived notions about undocumented students and promote a climate of inclusivity. The goal, said CDI director Niya Blair, is to prepare faculty, staff and students to serve as allies and sources of support for undocumented students.

Curriculum for DREAMzone Training was developed by Blair; Jonathan Schwartz, College of Education associate dean of graduate studies, Carolina Jimenez, multicultural coordinator with UH Counseling and Psychological Services; Raven Jones, director of the Urban Experience Program; Lorenzo Cano, associate director of the Center for Mexican American Studies; Hope Pacheco, case manager with the UH Dean of Students; student Adrian Castillo; student Yanhel Ponce and student Jesus Trevino.

The program is a part of CDI’s diversity workshop series. Workshops include topics on microaggressions, privilege, inclusive language and other subjects that focus on diversity and social justice.

Visit the CDI website to learn about the center, its workshops and event.