Webinar Alert: DREAMers Study: Undocumented College Students, Social Exclusion, and Psychological Distress
October 19, 2017
SPARC and the Transitions RTC at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry are offering the following webinar on Wednesday, November 8th, from 12 PM to 1 PM:
DREAMers Study: Undocumented College Students, Social Exclusion, and Psychological Distress Presenter: Rosalie Torres Stone, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, SPARC Date & Time: November 8, 2017 – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
In 2008, it was estimated that 11.9 million undocumented immigrants lived in the United States. It is estimated that approximately 18% or 2 million of these individuals are undocumented immigrant children. Approximately 7,000 to 13,000 undocumented youth enroll in college throughout the United States. Despite growing up and receiving primary and secondary (K-12) education in the U.S., many undocumented young adults cannot legally receive federal financial aid for college tuition.
While some provisions allow undocumented youth to attend primary and secondary schooling, none of these provisions provides a pathway to citizenship – limiting their full participation in society. Studies show that fear of deportation/detainment, loneliness, increased anxiety, and depression are central, emotional concerns of undocumented students.
This webinar will examine how not having legal status impacts the psychosocial well-being of undocumented college-age students and identifies what social supports are in place to alleviate psychological stressors associated with not having legal U.S. status. Structural supports including legal counsel, counseling support on campus, peer support networks, and immigration reform may help alleviate the psychological for undocumented college students.