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