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A new way for some undocumented college students to access support on the South Coast

Santa Barbara City College opens the Dream Center, where undocumented students can receive legal assistance, academic assistance, financial assistance, access to community resources and more
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Santa Barbara City College opens the Dream Center, where undocumented students can receive legal assistance, academic assistance, financial assistance, access to community resources and more

Navigating college is a challenge for many students and undocumented students face even more complex legal, academic, career, and life hurdles. 

The Dream Center at Santa Barbara City College is a space where undocumented students can receive legal assistance, academic assistance, financial assistance, access to community resources and more.

"What I am hoping to accomplish is to give a voice to the voiceless," said Leslie Marin, Dream Center Student Program Advisor, told KCLU that she wishes a resource like this had been available for her as a student.

"I myself am an undocumented student so I have lived experienced and I am a mirror image of the students that I serve," she said. "When I was a student, even in High School, or college, I didn't have a go to person or a specific space or place I could go to ask questions."

"I think the Dream Center was needed a long time ago," added Marin.

The Dream Center at Santa Barbara City College is part of the California Community Colleges’ Undocumented Student Week of Action.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022 and 2023.

Since joining the station she's won 10 Golden Mike Awards, 5 Los Angeles Press Club Awards, 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for eleven years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.