Dream Center Grand Re-Opening

SRJC DREAM CENTER EXPANDS TO OFFER FREE LEGAL ADVICE TO UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS

February 13, 2019, Santa Rosa, CA—The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Dream Center, on the Santa Rosa campus, has expanded and in February will begin an ongoing partnership with Vital Immigrant Defense Advocacy and Services (VIDAS), an organization that provides free legal advice and services to undocumented students. This partnership will likely emerge as a cornerstone in best practices for Community College Dream Centers, and SRJC is proud to be a leader throughout the country in this regard.

The center will hold a grand re-opening on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2:00-4: 00 pm in its new location on the Santa Rosa campus, Plover Hall, room 539.

The new location will continue to provide a safe, welcoming environment for undocumented students to be supported through the unique challenges they face in higher education. Specialized programming will also be organized for undocumented students, such as the annual Undocumented Student Week of Action and other activities in collaboration with colleagues throughout the district. 

SRJC students at the first Dream Center Opening
SRJC  students at the first Dream Center Opening

The SRJC Dream Center supports SRJC’s mission of diversity by providing:

  • Equal access for all students
  • Multi-ethnic global perspectives and cultural competencies
  • Employees who reflect the communities we serve
  • Honesty and integrity in an environment of collegiality and mutual respect

Vital Immigrant Defense Advocacy and Services (VIDAS)

VIDAS, a nonprofit immigration law office, was founded in 2014 by Legal Director, Richard Coshnear.  The mission of VIDAS is to offer free or low cost, quality legal services to undocumented immigrants in Sonoma County. VIDAS was recently recognized and accredited by the Office of Legal Access programs and selected as the lead partner in the Sonoma County Secure Families Collaborative.

Over the years, VIDAS has built a strong relationship of trust with the undocumented students at the Santa Rosa Junior College.  VIDAS is excited to join the Santa Rosa Junior College in this unique and vital partnership. VIDAS will house Maureen McSorley, an immigration attorney with over 20 years of experience and Barbara Ibarra, paralegal, at the Santa Rosa Junior College Dream Center. McSorley and Ibarra will be available to assist the undocumented students with their legal service needs.

For information about the Dream Center and services provided, please contact:

Alma J. Valverde C., Coordinator
avalverdecampos@santarosa.edu
707.527.4364
dream.santarosa.edu

 

Dream Center Santa Rosa Junior College, Join us to celebrate the Santa Rosa Junior College Dream Center Grand Re-Opening Thursday, February 21, 2019, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Santa Rosa Campus, Plover Hall, Room 539 For more information, contact: Alma Valverde Campos avalverdecampos@santarosa.edu 707.527.4364. The Sonoma County Junior College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnic group identification, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic condition, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures or practices; now does the district discrimitae against any employees or applicants for employment on the basis of their age. This non-discrimination policy covers admission, access and treatment in District programs and activities- including but not limited to academic admissions, financial aid, educational services and athletics, and application for District employment.

 

La Gran Reapertura del Centro de los Suenos de Santa Rosa Junior College Martes 21 de Febrero del 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Campus de Santa Rosa, Plover Hall, Cuarto 539. Para mas informacion, favor de contactar a: Alma Valverde Campos avalverdecampos@santarosa.edu 707.527.4364 Politica de no discriminacion el distrito del colegio del condado de Sonoma no discrimina por motivos de raza, religion crde, color, origen nacional, ascendencia, group etnico, discapacidad fisica, discapacidad mental, condicion medica, condicion genetica, estado civil, sexo,  genero, identidad de genero, expression de genero, informacion genetica u orientacion sexual en ninguna de sus politicas, procedimientos o practicas, ni discrimina contra cualquier empleado o solicitantes de empleo por motivos de su edad. Esta politica de no discriminacion cubre la admision, el acceso, y el tratamiento en los programas y atividades del Distrito - que incluyen, per no se limitan, a las admisiones academicas, la ayuda financiera, los servicios educativos y el atletismo y la solicitud de empleo al distrito. El Distrito del Colego del Condado de Sonoma es una institusion que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.