The Current Climate for International Students in the United States

On Episode 04 of dotEDU, Brad Farnsworth, vice president for global engagement at ACE, discusses recent trends in international student enrollment, delays in issuing student visas, global partnerships, and whether the Trump administration’s policies and rhetoric are impacting international higher education.

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 Instead, the decision was made for him when two institutions in Georgia rescinded their acceptance due to his DACA immigration status.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: 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.

New Report Looks at Undocumented Student Resource Centers Across the Country

With support from the UndocuScholars Project at University of California at Los Angeles, a new study examines undocumented student resource centers in the United States. The research brief discusses major findings, common resources offered by USRCs, and the implications these resource centers have on policy, staff, and institutions as a whole.

Faces of Dreamers: Jorge Mendez Barcelo, Woodbury University

Jorge Mendez Barcelo is a Dreamer with ambition. He has already earned a master’s degree in business administration from Woodbury University (CA) and started his own tax consultancy business. Now he has his sights set on law school.

Faces of Dreamers: Lucero Estrada, Andrea Scarios Valazquez, and Alan Platon, Incoming College Freshmen

Recent high school graduates Lucero Estrada, Andrea Scarios Valazquez, and Alan Platon faced anxiety over the uncertain future of their immigration status as Dreamers and of the DACA program during their senior year.

Faces of Dreamers: Jacob Maldonado and Maria Campos, Trevecca Nazarene University

Dreamers Jacob Maldonado and Maria Campos, best friends and fellow students at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, persevered in their studies despite wondering if it was still worth pursuing their college degrees after the 2016 elections and political winds shifting against the DACA policy.