Faces of Dreamers: Rosa Ruvalcaba Serna, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

To pursue her dream of helping others and becoming a practicing nurse, Rosa Ruvalcaba Serna advocated for Dreamer nursing students in Arkansas.

HSIs Are Narrowing Racial Gaps for Latinx Students

Hispanic student enrollment in higher education has doubled in the last decade. Where are these students going, what do they need, and how do Hispanic-serving Institutions (HSIs) fit into the equation? On Episode 03 of dotEDU, John Aguilar of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and our hosts explore those issues and more.

Faces of Dreamers: Marco Ortiz Sanchez, University of California, Irvine

Growing up in San Diego, Marco Ortiz Sanchez slept in blankets on the floor—his family didn’t own any mattresses. He came to this country with his parents when he was just six months old and is now a sophomore business administration major at the University of California, Irvine.

Faces of Dreamers: Brayan Montes-Terrazas, Colorado State University

Brayan Montes-Terrazas stood up and became the voice for fellow DACA students on campus as the president of Dreamers United at Colorado State University.

Faces of Dreamers: Mariana Sarmiento Hernández, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Mariana Sarmiento Hernández is using her experience as an undocumented student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to carve a path for others in a similar situation as the resource coordinator for the Office of Diversity Initiatives.

Faces of Dreamers: Kebin Lopez, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Kebin Lopez should have had a difficult decision before him: choosing between the multiple law schools that accepted his application. Instead, the decision was made for him when two institutions in Georgia rescinded their acceptance due to his DACA immigration status.

Faces of Dreamers: Yael Balbuena, Deya Garcia, and other Arizona Dreamers

Yael Balbuena and Deya Garcia are Dreamers advocating for better access to higher education in Arizona, where DACA recipients are ineligible for in-state tuition.

Faces of Dreamers: Carlos Mendez-Durantes and Other Scientists

Carlos Mendez-Durantes is a PhD student and Ford Foundation fellow studying cancer treatments at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, California. As a DACA recipient, Mendez-Durantes and other researchers like him face an uncertain future when it comes to continuing their studies.

Faces of Dreamers: Jin Park, Rhodes Scholar

Jin Park is a senior at Harvard University and the first DACA recipient to receive a Rhodes Scholarship.

Faces of Dreamers: Cynthia Torres, Missouri Southern State University

Cynthia Torres is a DACA recipient and founder of a student organization called The Friendly Immigrant at Missouri Southern State University, which brings together undocumented students and their allies to raise awareness and funds for DACA-recipient students.

Faces of Dreamers: Linett Isela Lopez, University of Houston-Downtown

DACA status helped Linett Isela Lopez pursue her goal of working with disadvantaged elementary school students, but now her dream is at risk. Like many other Dreamers, she has bounced between hope and fear as the future of DACA remains in limbo.

Faces of Dreamers: Daniela Gaona, Johns Hopkins University

Lack of funds nearly kept Daniela Gaona from achieving her dream of attending graduate school at Johns Hopkins University (MD) for a degree in mental health counseling, as dreamers are ineligible for federal financial aid or even state aid in some states. But emergency aid from her institution arrived just in time.