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Creating Access to Global Education 2013

October 11, 2013

The Texas Union, Santa Rita Suite

2247 Guadalupe Street, Austin, TX 78713


Supporting and advocating for undocumented students in institutions of higher education.

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The International Office at The University of Texas at Austin is committed to providing the university and surrounding communities with awareness of and access to international education resources.. To support this mission, the International Office hosts a “Creating Access to Global Education” (CAGE) symposium with the goal of bringing educators, administrators and advisors into dialogue around factors within the university system which disproportionately impact education access. For the 2013 CAGE Symposium, the focus will be on supporting and advocating for undocumented students in the state of Texas.

Presenters will engage participants through a series of interactive discussions and panels to explore the history of undocumented students’ experience and participation in higher education. By understanding histories of student participation, and assessing the current education climate, CAGE 2013 will provide a meaningful social justice lens through which participants will understand students’ unique needs and their own roles as advocates.


8:30-9 a.m. Breakfast & Registration
9-9:30 a.m. Welcome & Keynote

Ryan Gildersleeve, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Higher Education
Morgridge College of Education
University of Denver

Dr. Gildersleeve will lay the foundation for dialogue around the ways in which educators may become stronger advocates for the success of undocumented students in higher education by highlighting issues in the pre-college lives of undocumented students. Through his college-going literacies framework, he will illustrate how pre-college contexts are shaped by and continue to shape undocumented students’ histories of participation in higher education.
9:30-11 a.m. Undocumented Student Panel

Ainee Athar (UT Graduate/DREAMer)
Javier Polo (UT Undergraduate Student/ULI Officer/DREAMer)
Edilsa Lopez (UT Undergraduate Student)


Teri Albrecht, Ph.D.

Students will discuss their unique and shared experiences as undocumented students, highlighting their journeys to becoming students at The University of Texas at Austin.
11-11:15 a.m. Break
11:15-12 p.m. Assessing the Legal Situation
Barbara Hines, JD
Clinical Professor
School of Law
The University of Texas at Austin
Ms. Hines will discuss the current legal situation faced by undocumented students at both the state and national levels and explore how college access is often overshadowed and impacted by the implications of a students’ immigration status.
12-1:30 p.m. Lunch & Information Fair
An Information Fair will be set up with Campus Departments and Community Organizations to provide participants with the opportunity to network with each other and connect directly with local resources that either serve undocumented students directly or support related efforts for inclusivity, equal access and diversity on the college campus.
1:30-2:45 p.m. University Admissions Panel
Deana Williams
Assistant Director, Office of Admissions
The University of Texas at Austin

Veronica Castillo
Project Advance Facilitator
Bowie High School

Reanna Addison
Student Financial Aid Officer, Office of Student Financial Services
The University of Texas at Austin

Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, Ph.D.

This panel will explore the unique barriers tied to the university application and admission processes for undocumented students at The University of Texas at Austin.


2:45-3 p.m. Break
3-4 p.m. Climate Assessment
Teri Albrecht, PhD
Director, International Student and Scholar Services
The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Albrecht will provide an overview of the current climate of support for undocumented students at UT Austin, review victories in the last year, existing barriers and how this impacts students’ ability to reach their full potential/full access on the UT campus.
4-4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks, Q&A
Ryan Gildersleeve
Dr. Gildersleeve will provide a final overview by bringing together the various discussions of the day, and invite symposium presenters to answer questions as asked by participants.


Registration is now closed.

The registration deadline to attend the 2013 Creating Access to Global Education Symposium on Undocumented Students is Wednesday, October 4, 2013.

Registration for UT Austin faculty and staff is free and may be completed here.

The registration fee for Non-UT Austin participants is $50, and may be completed here.

Presenter Biographies

Ryan Evely Gildersleeve is Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Denver. His research investigates the social and political contexts of educational opportunity for historically marginalized communities, with an emphasis on college access and success for Latina/o (im)migrant students and families. His books include Fracturing Opportunity: Mexican Migrant Students and College-going Literacy (Peter Lang Publishers) and Qualitative Inquiry for Equity in Higher Education (Jossey-Bass Publishers, with co-authors Carducci, Pasque, and Kuntz). Gildersleeve’s work within (im)migration and higher education has focused on providing frameworks for supporting undocumented students as well as critical engagements with social policy. Currently, he is a fellow with the National Academy of Education, sponsored by the Spencer Foundation and supporting his project, “Discourse and Opportunity: Undocumented Students and Higher Education Policy,” wherein Gildersleeve analyzes in-state resident tuition policies in order to understand more deeply how policy constructs undocumented identities and the conditions in which undocumented students can(not) participate in postsecondary education. Gildersleeve received the 2010 Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Division D – Research Methodology and the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s John B. Muir Editors’ Award for his research article, entitled “Access between and beyond borders: A Life Story of an Undocumented College Applicant.” Gildersleeve earned his MA in Higher Education and Organizational Change and his PhD in Education from UCLA. He is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Panelists and Presenters

Reanna Addison is a Financial Aid Officer and has been in the financial services industry for four years specializing in consumer banking, financial literacy and financial aid. Reanna has worked with International Texas Residents for over two years with the Office of Student Financial Services where she helped develop policies and procedures to standardize financial aid processing.  She has also coordinated financial literacy workshops, outreach events and has worked with state and federal regulations regarding awarding and withdrawing students.

Reanna is from Tucson and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Finance concentration from Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona.

Teri Albrecht is Director of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) at The University of Texas at Austin and has been with the International Office since 1999. Prior to joining UT Austin, Dr. Albrecht held positions at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Albrecht completed her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at The University of Texas at Austin where her dissertation research focused on the experiences of undocumented students in institutions of higher education. She received her Bachelors of Business Administration and Masters in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Texas A&M University. Active in NAFSA – Association of International Educators, Dr. Albrecht has written articles for NAFSA’s publication, International Educator and has presented numerous sessions at the NAFSA annual conferences.

Veronica Castillo is the Project Advance Facilitator (College Advisor)at James Bowie High School in Austin, Texas.  She assists AISD's largest graduating class (666 seniors) in applying for college, financial aid and scholarships. She also facilitates meetings between students and college recruiters.  She has more than a dozen years’ experience in higher education and has worked at Austin Community College (Academic Advising and Early College Start), San Diego State University (Women's Studies) and Portland State University (Graduate School of Social Work).   She attended Southwest Texas State University and earned a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Women's Studies.  Veronica is proud to be a native Austinite and grew up in South Austin.  She's also lived in Portland, San Diego, Philadelphia and Keller, Texas (DFW).  Veronica and her husband, Derek have a 14-year-old son named Jared and one dog named Jake.

Barbara Hines is the co-director of the immigration clinic at the School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin. Professor Hines has practiced in the field since 1975 and is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1992 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Jack Wasserman Award for Excellence in Litigation; the 1993 AILA Texas Chapter Litigation Award; the 2002 Texas Law Fellowships Excellence in Public Interest Award; the 2007 AILA Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award; the 2009 MALDEF Excellence in Legal Services Award; and the 2010 National Lawyers Guild Carol King Award. In 2000, she was named one of the 100 best lawyers in the state by the Texas Lawyer publication. Professor Hines was a Fulbright scholar in Argentina in 1996 and 2004. She focused her research on Argentine immigration law. Professor Hines served as the first Co-Director of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under Law of Texas, Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. She has litigated many issues relating to the constitutional and statutory rights of immigrants in federal and immigration courts including the lawsuit leading to the closure of the Hutto immigrant family detention center. She frequently lectures and publishes on topics related immigration law and immigrants’ rights.

Deana Williams is currently Assistant Director of Graduate and International Admissions and the Residency Official at the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Williams has worked in the field of international education for 17 years and she currently serves as the AACRAO International Program Committee Chair and was a participant in the creation of AACRAO’s EDGE (Electronic Database for Global Education) database.  She has presented numerous sessions on international topics and residency issues at AACRAO, SACRAO, TACRAO, NAFSA, NACAC, College Board and the Texas State Bar Association conferences. She also serves on the Residency Advisory Committee for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.


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