This panel session will assist counselors in better serving undocumented immigrants by highlighting both the common, sociopolitical struggles and the diversity and unique strengths within these communities, including recent immigrant rights activism. The panel will discuss how counselors can better support undocumented students and clients in navigating discrimination, lack of legal status, family separation and other stressors, both within schools and in community settings.
The audience will learn about the challenges faced by undocumented immigrants and the ways in which these shift and change over time, including those more salient in the current context.
The audience will learn how to work in partnership with undocumented immigrants to address challenges and to advocate for policies and practices that are better aligned with the needs of undocumented immigrants.
The audience will learn how to incorporate knowledge about undocumented immigrants and their strengths and challenges in their counseling practice in school, higher education and community settings.
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley