Get Involved

The following are opportunities to offer support and help address the unique challenges faced by undocumented students, as well as opportunities for community involvement and civic engagement.

Cal State LA SURGE

Students United to Reach Goals in Education (SURGE) is a student organization founded at California State University, Los Angeles on the principle of promoting higher education among both high school and college students regardless of legal status. Its mission is to encourage and increase the number of students attending and graduating from institutions of higher education through community involvement, scholarships and political activism and advocacy. SURGE offers:

  • A support network for undocumented students and allies at Cal State LA. We share our day to day experiences, struggles, and successes with each other.
  • We provide each other with academic support and information about financial resources.
  • A politically active student organization that advocates for legislation that empowers immigrant communities.

Membership is not limited to undocumented students. All interested students are invited to join and encouraged to participate. For further information, visit the Dreamers Resource Center Instagram.

DRC Task Force

The DRC Taskforce is committed to empowering undocumented students by offering comprehensive support in the five key pillars listed below.

Each pillar includes five members from the University community, including students, or from off-campus organizations.  If you are interested in participating, please email [email protected].

Analyze and develop policies that support undocumented students at Cal State LA, create innovative opportunities, offer legal assistance, and advocate for these initiatives to University leadership.

Identify scholarships, internships, and financial support for students, addressing the unique financial challenges faced by undocumented students to support their academic journey.

Conduct research to understand student challenges and provide financial aid information. Offer training for faculty and staff to enhance support for undocumented students and aid their success during and post-college.

Recruit and streamline the admissions process for undocumented students, ensuring they have access to educational opportunities and meet California’s AB540 and AB 2000 tuition exemption qualifications.

Create mentorship programs linking new students with experienced peers based on shared experiences and academic paths, facilitating a supportive network and resources through the DRC.