Berkeley City College hosted its first “Give a Dream, Make a Reality” event on Thursday, April 13th to support students with the Undocumented Community Resource Center. Donations collected from the event will go toward funding workforce development programs for undocumented scholars, emergency grants to assist with basic needs, and school supplies. Attendees included UCRC students, BCC faculty and staff, PCCD Board President Dyana Delfin Polk, and representatives of the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce. Over 50% contributed by direct donation, check, or signing up for PCCD monthly salary contributions with the Peralta Foundation.
The event began with a brief talk by UCRC student Alumna Kayanna Harris. Kayanna is a senior undergraduate majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Kayanna graduated from Berkeley City College with Associate Degrees in Analytical Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. During her time, she was an advocate for student enrichment through the BCC Undocumented Community Resource Center.
The program moved to a “fireside chat” between BCC Vice President of Student Services Dr. Stacey Shears and special guest Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, Founder & CEO of Dreamers RoadMap, a software application that assists undocumented students with enrolling and financing their higher education goals. Dr. Shears led an engaged conversation with Sarahi exploring her story as an undocumented high school student. She discussed her experience working through the gauntlet of barriers transferring to a 4-year university and confronting the realities of no funding for her legal status as an undocumented student. The experience inspired her to develop the Dreamers RoadMap to assist students with overcoming those barriers.
“It was an amazing demonstration of the value BCC places on supporting the undocumented students!” said Luis Chavez, UCRC Counselor.
BCC UCRC Founder, Carolina Martinez closed out the evening with a special presentation of thanks for the many years of support and dedicated attention by Dr. Stacey Shears and Dr. Martín De Mucha Flores.
This article was included in the April 26 Berkeley City College President's Report. To view the full report, click here.