The Longhorn DREAMers Project seeks to strengthen support services on campus for undocumented students enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin.
The Longhorn DREAMers Project envisions a multicultural and inclusive academic environment where all matriculated students, regardless of national origin are supported and empowered to reach their full potential.
International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS), a division of the International Office at UT Austin, envisions a world transformed by educational opportunity and global education. As such, our mission is to facilitate the internationalization of UT Austin by providing exemplary services to the international and university community. In our service to students over the years, we have found that a certain percentage of the international community is in a unique position.
Undocumented students, who gained wider access to Texas higher education in 2001 through the passage of House Bill 1403, are a growing population on the UT Austin campus. Although many undocumented students have lived in the U.S. the majority of their lives, they are considered a part of the international community that ISSS serves. We believe that there is a particular set of barriers and challenges for students who are undocumented as they navigate policies, processes and academic requirements of university study.
ISSS has positioned itself as an ally with the undocumented student population at UT. Through an informative website, the facilitation of forums, workshops, and ongoing student outreach, we strive to encourage more inclusive policies; connect students and faculty with resources; and educate the larger community about undocumented students among our campus community.
Undocumented students at UT Austin add richness and value to the university community. It is our hope that, regardless of immigration status and personal circumstance, they are supported and empowered to reach their full potential at the university.
The Longhorn Dreamers Project is a collaborative effort between University Leadership Initiative and International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). Thank you to the community partners and advocates who support undocumented students at The University of Texas at Austin!