Professor Highlights Student Stories in New Film


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New York, NY – Feb. 28, 2017 --School of Education students, faculty, and staff came together on the School of Education's Westchester campus to discuss the recently-released film Admission: Student Stories from Undocumented America. Assistant Professor Tasha Darbes is one of the filmmakers of this award-winning documentary. She highlighted information educators should know about undocumented students and provided the audience with information and resources on the subject.

Facts about Undocumented Youth & Families

  • Current estimate of undocumented population is 11.2 million, with 14.6 million living in ‘mixed-status’ homes
  • 5.5 million grow up with undocumented parents, somewhere between 1 - 2.5 million children under 18 are unauthorized themselves
  • This means that approximately 1 in 10 children in the US are affected by undocumented status
  • Over 100,000 children have experienced the deportation of a parent
  • Undocumented families can come from any nation or region of the world

Some issues faced by undocumented youth

  • Undocumented youth and those living in mixed-status families live in fear of deportation. This causes anxiety, depression, and feeling lack of control.
  • Undocumented youth and their parents do not have ways to verify their identity. This means they cannot travel abroad, apply for federal aid, drive, and parents may not be able to get through school security
  • Undocumented youth who arrived at early ages may be unaware of their status until they get to high school

Why are teachers important?

  • Research has shown that teachers and other adults can play a crucial role in the trajectories of undocumented youth. Undocumented youth may not feel comfortable revealing their status to peers
  • Teachers and other adults can either provide needed support, guidance and encouragement, or they can react negatively, which can lead to students’ increased disengagement


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