COM Joins California Community Colleges in Supporting Undocumented Students

October 15th, 2018 - 10:37am

COM Joins California Community Colleges in Supporting Undocumented Students

Workshops scheduled for Week of Action

Butterflies and a graduation cap. Text reads California Community Colleges Support Undocumented Students

KENTFIELD / NOVATO, CA—October 15, 2018—College of Marin (COM) joins the California Community Colleges in supporting Undocumented Students Week of Action October 15-19, 2018. The Week of Action is a statewide, student-led campaign calling on Congress to pass a permanent solution to codify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a pathway to citizenship for California’s undocumented students. 
COM joins over 75 California community colleges and partner organizations—including the Chief Executive Officers of California Community Colleges, Community College League of California, the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, the Student Senate for California Community Colleges, and the California Community College Trustees Board, to name a few—in this week of advocacy.

“College of Marin continues to stand resolutely with its sister colleges, embracing inclusiveness and diversity as core values of the California Community Colleges system,” said Superintendent/President Dr. David Wain Coon. “We are committed to providing equitable opportunities for all members of our community and we strive to remove barriers to student success. Participating in the Week of Action is another way for us to let undocumented students know that they are an integral part of our community.”

All of the Undocumented Students Week of Action webinars are free and take place at the Kentfield Campus. 

Paying for College in California
Monday, October 15, at 11 a.m.
Student Services Center, room 111

Know Your Legal Rights 
Tuesday, October 16, at 11 a.m.
Academic Center, room 104

Explore Entrepreneurship 
Wednesday, October 17, at 11 a.m.
Student Services Center, room 111

Prioritize Mental Wellness 
Thursday, October 18, at 11 a.m. 
Academic Center, room 104

Advocate with Art
Friday, October 19, at 11 a.m.
Academic Center, room 104

In the weeks following the election of President Trump, many within the campus community expressed serious concern about the wellbeing of COM students. On January 17, 2017, the COM Board of Trustees passed a resolution in support of inclusiveness, diversity, and immigrant students. After the Trump administration announced the rescission of DACA in September 2017, COM joined the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office in reaffirming the institution’s commitment to providing students access to educational opportunities without regard to their immigration status or that of their parents by passing a resolution in support of codifying DACA into federal law.

COM has grouped resources for undocumented students online. For more information, contact Director of Student Activities and Advocacy Sadika Sulaiman Hara at (415) 485-9375. 


About the California Community Colleges
The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, composed of 73 districts and 115 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. California community colleges provide career education and workforce training; guaranteed transfer to four-year universities; degree and certificate pathways; and basic skills education in English and math. As the state’s engine for social and economic mobility, the California Community Colleges supports the Vision for Success, a strategic plan designed to improve student success outcomes, increase transfer rates and eliminate achievement gaps.
About College of Marin
Established in 1926, College of Marin remains committed to educational excellence, providing equitable opportunities, and fostering success in all members of its diverse community. With campuses in Kentfield and Novato, students of all ages have affordable access to an exciting variety of credit and noncredit courses as well as community education classes for lifelong learning. College of Marin is one of 115 public community colleges in California and approximately 13,000 credit, noncredit, and community education students enroll annually. 
College of Marin is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.