Higher Education for AB540 Students(HEFAS) at De Anza College is an institutional and educational program that will provide resources, reduce financial stress, and create a safe learning environment for all students with an emphasis on undocumented/AB540.
It will implement a book loan program, peer advisors, and free access to resources; which will secure their educational success. We are dedicated to empower students, build leadership skills, promote social justice, and advocate for higher education.
- Transfer Information and Aid (especially for schools who are AB540 friendly)
- Book loan program
- Peer advisors and free access to resources
- Computer and free printing
- Safe place for support of a community
- How to figure out college schedule and start strong(placement testing, educational planning)
- Connecting existing campus food programs to HEFAS
- Providing materials (i.e. staplers, scissors, cantons/blue books etc.)
Reduce Financial Stress
- Refer to payment plane
- Stipends to student tutors
- Establish money and book loan program
- Provide info on college services like ECO pass
- Create a job list (career center)
Create a Safe Learning Environment
- Keeping things confidential
- Friendly environment
- “Know your rights” workshops, constitutional rights red cards, police brutality awareness
- Identifying community resources such as SIREN and DEBUG!
- Build leadership skills
- Build social and communication skills
- Connect them into similar programs or clubs like IMASS
- Encourage participation and “Undocumented and Unafraid” Mentality
- ALWAYS! give opportunities to become and develop as leaders.
- Provide with tools to develop their leadership skills
- Create and show videos!
- Leader of the Month
- Volunteer of the Month
- Tutor of the Month
Advocate for Justice
- Bulletin and flyers from clubs, projects, or programs to make aware of their social justice events.
- Encouraging the students to attend the events
- Motivate people to be active in social work/justice that have to do with bettering our lives
- Connecting students to existing on and off campus community partners
- Workshops for students to engage and expand their knowledge (know your rights, E.N.D education not deportation, dead mob)
- Materials that people can wear or display to raise awareness ( i.e.buttons to promote HEFAS)
- HEFAS members will always be educating people on current issues related to undocumented students and immigration law/acts.
- HEFAS social networks to connect with outer community (face-book, twitter)
If you would like to get involved with or need more information
please contact Shaila Ramos