Career Services: Engaging Undocumented and DACA Students



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Learn how your career services office can make small changes to dramatically increase impact for undocumented and DACA students.

Learn how your career services office can make small changes to dramatically increase impact for undocumented and DACA students.

Not all career services professionals receive ample training when it comes to learning how to work with undocumented and DACA-recipient students.  As a result, your office may be operating with programming and communications that are less friendly to these students.  Without realizing, you may be turning these students away.  

Join us online to walk in the shoes of undocumented and DACA-recipient students who want to engage with your career services office.  You will learn how they perceive interactions at various service points, and you’ll get simple tips on how to rethink website language, internship opportunities, and even one-on-one conversations to help promote inclusion of these students.  

Who Should Attend

Directors of Career Services and frontline career services staff who want to create a more inclusive environment for undocumented and DACArecipient students will benefit from this webcast.

Directors will learn global communication strategies to showcase their offices as safe, helpful spaces.  Frontline career services staff will get ideas for making physical spaces to programming to one-on-one conversations more inclusive and engaging for undocumented students.   


We’ll explore various strategies that foster inclusion of your undocumented and DACArecipient students, including the following: 

1)  Communication strategies that can be used at the campus or career-center level to attract undocumented/DACA-recipient students into your career services office. 

2)  Programming and policy strategies that can be implemented within your career services office to ensure you are adequately servicing these students. 

3)  One-on-one coaching strategies to improve communication and foster inclusion with these students once they are participating in your career services. 


Ana Clara Blesso

Assistant Director, Experiential Learning, Center for Career Development, University of Connecticut

Ana Clara Blesso holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University and is actively involved with the Connecticut Women’s Education & Legal Fund and the American Association of University Women. An immigrant herself, she serves as an Associate Director at the University of Connecticut’s Center for Career Development. Ana Clara’s current areas of interest include women and the gender wage gap, immigrant student needs and development, and collective care in higher education.


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