Claremont Graduate University’s Allies of Dreamers Certificate program trains you to understand the needs and challenges of undocumented students and to provide support for this underserved population.

The first program of its kind nationally, Allies of Dreamers is a graduate‐level certificate program that provides the historical context, theoretical framework, and specific knowledge needed by K-12 teachers and administrators, student affairs professionals in higher education, and community leaders to offer mentorship and advocacy for Dreamers and other undocumented students. Supported by faculty and students from CGU, University of California Irvine, Pomona College, and California State University, Los Angeles, the Allies of Dreamers program seeks to fill the growing demand for trained individuals who are committed to ensuring undocumented students are protected, fully integrated into K‐12 schools, and have the necessary support and preparation to access college and successfully transition to graduate school and the workforce.

Among other skills, program participants will learn best practices to integrate undocumented students in the classroom, college campuses, and society, will develop skills to be an informed advocate and help students navigate the educational system, and will gain comprehensive understanding of law and policy affecting Dreamers in K-12 and higher education.

Learn more about why teachers are training themselves to be Dreamer allies (PBS NewsHour).

  • Our 8-unit program is ideal for K-12 educators, student affairs professionals in higher education, and community leaders who have previous experience working with immigrant communities to support undocumented students and who understand the value of well‐informed mentors and advocates.
  • Allies of Dreamers coursework may be applied to several graduate-level degrees at CGU, including the MA in Education, PhD in Educational Leadership, and Teaching Credential/Induction program.
  • You’ll benefit from collaborative coursework with CGU faculty and the Dreamers Coalition, a network of informed, active leaders.

Program at a Glance

8 units

2 semesters

Cost Per Unit 2017–2018: $1,980

Fall | Spring

Allies of Dreamers Certificate

Featured Courses

EDUC 419
Undocumented Experiences: Historical & Contemporary Perspectives

Introduces students to the critical study of U.S. immigration and citizenship by exploring the historical, political, legal, social, and cultural factors that have shaped the experiences of unauthorized immigrants.

EDUC 420
Higher Education Access & Professional Experiences for Undocumented Youth

Examines seminal scholarship on higher education access and workforce transition for undocumented students, focusing on state and federal policies that have expanded this access.

EDUC 421
Working With & for Undocumented Students

Explores the barriers that undocumented students and families face and how to effectively support them as they navigate these barriers in their lives and educational journeys.

EDUC 422
Promoting Wellness in Undocumented Populations & The Allies Who Support Them

Addresses how advocates and allies can promote wellness among undocumented populations as well as maintain their own personal and professional well-being while providing support for others.


The Allies of Dreamers Certificate requires the completion of five courses comprising 8 units of study:

EDUC 419-Undocumented Experiences: Historical & Contemporary Perspectives (2 units)
EDUC 420-Higher Education Access & Professional Experiences for Undocumented Youth (2 units)

EDUC 421-Working With & For Undocumented Students (2 units)
EDUC 422-Promoting Wellness in Undocumented Populations & The Allies Who Support Them (2 units)

Courses will be offered in a rotating cycle on a yearly basis.

Faculty & Research

  • DeLacy Ganley profile image

    DeLacy Ganley

    Dean, School of Educational Studies
    Professor of Education

    Research Interests

    Culturally relevant education; resiliency and achievement of marginalized populations; intersection of families, community, and school; language acquisition; social capital theory; systems theory

  • Eligio Martinez profile image

    Eligio Martinez

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Higher Education

    Research Interests

    P-20 education pipeline; college access and retention; community colleges; boys and men of color; middle school education; Chicana/o and Latina/o Students

Dreamer Coalition: Program Advisory Board

Dr. Laureen Adams
Community organizer and activist
Former Assistant Principal, The School of Arts and Enterprise

Gabriela Amel Peralta
Founding student member of the Dreamers Resource Center, Cal State LA
MSW candidate, School of Social Work, CSULA

Rene Amel Peralta
Undocumented Student Organizer and Founding Member of DREAMS at UC Irvine
Education Programs Coordinator, Great Minds in STEM

Ana M. Barragan
DREAMER advocate and community organizer
Dreamers Coordinator, Student Outreach & Retention Center, UC Irvine

Dr. Anita Casavantes Bradford
History of Immigration Scholar
Associate Professor, Department of History & Chicano/Latino Studies, UC Irvine

Dr. Laura E. Enriquez
Sociology of Immigration Scholar
Assistant Professor, Chicano/Latino Studies, UC Irvine

Dr. Miriam Feldblum
Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students
Professor of Politics, Pomona College

Miguel Hernandez Carvente
DREAMER advocate and community organizer
English Teacher, El Toro High School

Dr. Elena Macias
Community organizer, AB540 advocate
Emeritus faculty/administrator at CSU Long Beach

Maria Melendrez
Staff Advisor, Improving Dreams, Equality, Access, and Success (IDEAS) at the Claremont Colleges
First-Generation Programs Coordinator, Pomona College

Dr. Gloria Montiel
DREAMER advocate and community organizer
Grants and Contracts Coordinator, Latino Health Access

Martha Arhemi Morales
Student member, Students Advocating for Immigrant Rights and Equity (SAFIRE), UC Irvine
Research Associate, The Undocumented Student Educational Equity Project, UC Irvine

Iliana Perez
Entrepreneurship Initiatives Manager, Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
Research Analyst, Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, Pitzer College

Dr. Anita Quintanar
Retired teacher/administrator, Montebello Unified School District
Emeritus Faculty/former Co-Director of Claremont Graduate University’s Teacher Education Program

Jessica Valenzuela
Founding Member, Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Coalition
Legal Assistant, Immigration Center for Women and Children

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