Learning more about how to reach and teach undocumented students will be the focus of a seminar to kick off Latino Heritage Month at Illinois State University.

The seminar, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, September 9, in the Prairie Rooms of the Bone Student Center, is aimed at P-16 educational professionals who want to learn more about laws, policies, and educational practices necessary to support undocumented students.

Register here. A free continental breakfast will be provided.

“Educational opportunities are an important component to what has been historically and popularly constituted as the ‘American dream,’” said Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Maura Toro-Morn. “As our educational institutions mirror the racial and ethnic diversity evident in our communities, it is imperative that educators understand this diversity.”

The seminar named after a new group on campus known as CAUSA (Committee Assisting Undocumented Student Achievement).

This seminar will consist of three key components: undocumented student testimonios, an overview of the challenges encountered by undocumented students, and a discussion of key policies such as DACA, DAPA. Outcomes will include a list of resources and best practices. This is free and open to elementary, secondary and higher education professionals.

“CAUSA will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about how to best support undocumented students,” said Assistant Director of the Illinois State Office of Admissions Nancy Vazquez, who is one of the program organizers. Whether you are an off campus education professional, ISU staff, or faculty member, we all want to support student success.”

This program is a collaboration with various campus units, CAUSA, the Latin American and Latino Studies program, and the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology (CTLT). This event was funded by the Harold K. Sage Foundation and the Illinois State University Foundation Fund.