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To do our part to assist the scholarship community during these challenging times,
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Supporting Undocumented Students:
The Impact of COVID-19 and the Uncertainty of DACA


There are currently thousands of undocumented students, including DACA recipients, enrolled in colleges facing significant economic, legal, emotional, and social challenges to their studies, future livelihoods and careers. The COVID-19 crisis has further upended their lives and the upcoming SCOTUS decision on DACA brings more uncertainty to their future. Given these difficult and unique challenges, it is imperative for service providers to implement effective practices that will help these students see their way to college graduation and meaningful careers. In this session, we will address the current needs of undocumented students and their families, the applicability of COVID-19 legislation and other relief measures, current DACA related recommendations, and effective practices to support these students. Resource materials will be shared.


Tania Wilcox
Program Director
Partner College and Scholar Programs

Gregor Mieder
Director of Immigrant Services Program
Center for Equity and Student Achievement
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Presenter Bios

Tania Wilcox has devoted her entire professional life to help students overcome educational inequalities and barriers. As an immigrant herself and having been the first in her family to graduate from college, she has an unwavering passion to help similar students succeed in their education. Before joining TheDream.US, Tania had a long career with Breakthrough, a national college access program for low-income students. She served as Executive Director of The Silicon Valley site, served on the national board, and was on the national team that led the expansion of the Breakthrough model from one city to twenty-five cities nationwide.

Tania has been an education leader in the Bay area for 25 years. She helped found the first charter school in Silicon Valley, was on the board of Reading Partners while the organization expanded nationwide, helped establish a Spanish immersion pre-school, and has served on various other non-profit boards. Currently, Tania serves on the board of Breakthrough Silicon Valley and is the Board President of ACE Charter Schools.

She holds a BA in Sociology from Wesleyan University, a Master of Education with a concentration in Risk and Resiliency from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Certificate on Financial Planning from UC Santa Cruz.

Gregor Mieder moved to the United States from Germany in 2000, earning his BA in English and Master's in Applied Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more than ten years, he has worked with refugees, first- and second-generation immigrants, and undocumented adult learners, assisting with language development, college success, and navigating community resources. At various institutions of higher learning, he has taught English Language courses and trained tutors and staff in providing appropriate and effective English language and writing skills development as well academic support. Gregor currently oversees the Immigrant Services Program at Metropolitan State University of Denver and works closely with undocumented and immigrant students at MSU, developing workshops, events, and resources that support prospective and currently enrolled college learners.


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