With DREAMzone, says Cisneros, they have been able to challenge practitioners to both recognize and better serve the needs of undocumented students in all aspects of higher education, from financial aid and scholarships to smaller barriers like social security number or state ID requirements on forms and applications. It is important to understand, he says, that not all stories of all students in all states are the same.
“We need to be cognizant of the different situations that students may be in, and the implications of that,” says Cisneros.
In this edition of the Harvard EdCast, Cisneros, now assistant professor at the University of Central Arkansas, discusses the unique challenges facing undocumented students and higher education, and how to keep the dream alive.
The Harvard EdCast is a weekly series of podcasts, available on the Harvard University iTunes U page, that features a 15-20 minute conversation with thought leaders in the field of education from across the country and around the world. Hosted by Matt Weber and co-produced by Jill Anderson, the Harvard EdCast is a space for educational discourse and openness, focusing on the myriad issues and current events related to the field.