As federal immigration policy becomes increasingly restrictive, California and the UC system have emerged as national leaders implementing policies to incorporate undocumented immigrants, particularly youth and students. However, PI Enriquez’ UC-wide survey of 508 UC undocumented students in 2016 found that undocumented students still experience significant academic, financial, and social-emotional strain. It remains unknown the extent to which current immigration policies have exacerbated vulnerabilities among undocumented students and expanded collateral consequences to citizen students with undocumented parents. This multi-campus collaboration will strengthen the UC system’s capacity to lead cutting-edge research on immigrant “illegality” and ensure that our pioneering research and innovative practices fulfill their maximum PromISE (our collaborative’s acronym).
During Winter 2020 we will conduct a second UC wide survey with 1,800 respondents in three comparison groups: undocumented students, citizen students with an undocumented parent, and citizen students with citizen/lawful permanent resident parents. We aim to:
1) compare educational and well-being outcomes among undocumented students before and after federal policies shifted;
2) assess the extent to which illegality impacts the educational outcomes and well-being of citizen students with undocumented parents; and
3) evaluate what types of institutional programming can reduce inequalities.
This research will inform policy and practice across the UCs, California, and beyond.
Our programming will also develop a cohort of scholars conducting policy-relevant research in this field. We will build a network of affiliates connected via a website and listserv, and host a collaboration workshop for approximately 90 faculty, graduate student, and students affairs practitioners from across the UCs. Workshop sessions will build collaborative and policy-engaged research skills. We will also hold two annual funding competitions for collaborative research grants and graduate student fellowships to foster innovative and engaged scholarship. Recipients will be invited to present at two co-hosted conferences – one to an audience of student affairs practitioners and policy makers from across California and another to receive feedback on working papers for an edited volume. All research findings will be featured as academic papers, policy reports, and publicly engaged pieces like op-eds and webinars.