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Undocumented Voices


Undocumented Voices is an oral history project that seeks to document the lives of undocumented students, known as dreamers, who have, and are currently, pursuing a more inclusive US immigration policy. These students have captured the public attention for the extensive social and political movement that they have built on college campuses around the U.S. The Undocumented Voices project aims to create a public conversation about what it means to be an immigrant and an American. Through the compelling narrative of Undocumented Voices, we find a les through which we can engage the power of the humanities to promote understanding and respect for diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives. Undocumented Voices seeks to highlight the trajectory of the immigrant student movement over the last decade, explores the history of American immigration, the process of storytelling, and what it means to be a citizen.


Date Range
2015 2015


Dulce attended school in Mexico up until junior high before coming to the United States on a visa. While in high school she became involved with the robotics team at Carl Hayden and thanks to the encouragement by her two teacher she decided to pursue a STEM education at ASU. She was enrolled at ASU already when the law passed and was unaware of any other undocumented student at the ASU campus at the time. It was through the scholarship(s) that were made available to these undocumented student who were already enrolled at ASU that these undocumented students connected. What …

Contributors
Dulce, Gil, Junive
Created Date
2015-05-15

Jesus went to Gadsden High School in Anthony, New Mexico. He studied engineering at Texas A&M University, but ended up changing his major to journalism and mass communication with an emphasis in pubic relations. He worked in housing residential education for about a year in Florida, but later moved to Arizona State University to pursue a PHD in education policy and evaluation. Through his work with students and the community, he became aware of the political and social issues in Arizona. This awareness eventually led him and a friend to create DREAMzone. Jesus is involved with DREAMzone, the Queer Undocumented …

Contributors
Jesus, Van Der Heyden, Cynthia
Created Date
2015-04-23

Jonathan was born in a small farming town in Maryland. He talks about racism, segregation and the homophobic climate that prevailed in his hometown, and how that informed his activism and that of his parents. During middle school, he got involved in activism around queer youth of color. In the beginning, he was mostly involved in LGBT issues. Later, he also organized around economic injustice in peasant and working class communities.

Contributors
Jonathan, Van Der Heyden, Cynthia
Created Date
2015-04-03

Maria is a United States citizen whose parent’s just recently obtained legal status in the US due to Maria having turned 21. Maria has been around the undocumented population her entire life due to a large part of her family being undocumented. She became very involved with the undocumented movement back in 2010 with the passing of SB1070 in Arizona. She states that the reason she became so involved at this time was because she realized how these anti-immigrant laws were affecting her family and her community. She has worked on many campaigns at the local level such as the …

Contributors
Maria, Gil, Junive
Created Date
2015-04-30

In her interview, Monica discusses her association with the Grassroots Leadership Organization and her involvement with DreamZone. She talks about why DreamZone is important and why she is politically inclined. She talks about DreamZone’s Clinton Global Initiative campaign and her involvement at the White House breakout sessions after DACA was signed. She has been involved in sit-ins and letter writing campaigns

Contributors
Monica, Solis, Holly
Created Date
2015-04-28

In his interview, Seth discusses his hometown as well as his study abroad experiences. He describes how he has come to learn about the undocumented youth movement and his role in the DreamZone workshop. He talks about current political reform and his involvement in political discussion in person and on social media. He describes his experience with AZ Quip and how he feels it is included.

Contributors
Seth, Solis, Holly
Created Date
2015-04-07