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Resources for Faculty and Staff

Teachers as Allies: Transformative Practices for Teaching Dreamers and Undocumented Students

Teachers as Allies provides educators with the information and tools they need to involve immigrant students and their American-born siblings and peers in inclusive and transformative classroom experiences. The authors show how immigration policies, ICE enforcement, and societal attitudes affect undocumented students and how teachers and school leaders can recognize these influences on the students’ day-to-day lives and learning.

eBook available at the OU Library

We Are Not Dreamers: Undocumented Scholars Theorize Undocumented Life in the United States

The widely recognized “Dreamer narrative” celebrates the educational and economic achievements of undocumented youth to justify a path to citizenship. While a well-intentioned, strategic tactic to garner political support of undocumented youth, it has promoted the idea that access to citizenship and rights should be granted only to a select group of “deserving” immigrants. The contributors to We Are Not Dreamers—themselves currently or formerly undocumented—poignantly counter the Dreamer narrative by grappling with the nuances of undocumented life in this country. Theorizing those excluded from the Dreamer category—academically struggling students, transgender activists, and queer undocumented parents—the contributors call for an expansive articulation of immigrant rights and justice that recognizes the full humanity of undocumented immigrants while granting full and unconditional rights. Illuminating how various institutions reproduce and benefit from exclusionary narratives, this volume articulates the dangers of the Dreamer narrative and envisions a different way forward.

eBook available at the OU Library

TheDream.US Undocu-Ally Training Packet

An excellent resource for allies of undocumented students that helps define common terms, outlines steps to becoming an ally, and discusses tips and strategies for creating an inclusive environment:

TheDream.US Effective Practices Toolkit

A useful collection of resources related to the undocumented student experience, career connections, legal rights, and more.