Educational Access Creates Hope (EACH)

Our mission is to support undocumented and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)* students and their families through advocacy, training, and employee education, identifying and promoting financial resources and removing barriers to admissions and student success.

Goals

  • Improve awareness of the issues and concerns of Oakton’s undocumented and DACA students and families;
  • Gain knowledge of Oakton’s policies and practices that affect undocumented and DACA students and families;
  • Increase understanding of immigration laws that impact undocumented and DACA students and families;
  • Identify financial resources for undocumented and DACA students and families;
  • Analyze and monitor the student success data related to undocumented and DACA students;
  • Partner with local agencies and organizations to help cultivate an open and supportive campus and community environment;
  • Increase community awareness of Oakton Community College’s open, supportive practices towards undocumented and DACA students and families.

We advance these goals and support Oakton’s undocumented student and DACA population by:

  • Advocating for undocumented and DACA students and families at the highest levels of the institution;
  • Creating and conducting ally and advocacy training programs for faculty and other employees;
  • Developing comprehensive print and web resources for faculty and other employees;
  • Providing up-to-date information and materials to students and other members of the community via our website;
  • Working with community partners to provide support, advice, and counsel to students and families;
  • Investigating and reviewing college policies and practices that negatively impact undocumented and DACA students, and making recommendations to modify or improve upon those policies and practices.

*DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), an executive memo issued on June 15, 2012 offers undocumented persons under the age of 31, meeting specific criteria, deferred action of deportation. DACA does not provide an individual with lawful status.

Through the Department of Homeland Security, DACA recipients are granted the right to an Illinois driver’s license, a Social Security Number and a work permit. DACA students are eligible for paid internships and student employment.

Information about applying to Oakton.
Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Renew Your DACA

 

EACH Team Members

Aaron Alaniz, Enrollment Services
aalaniz@oakton.edu 
847.635.1401
Skokie A100

Linda Davis, Alliance for Lifelong Learning
ldavis@oakton.edu
847.635.1486
Skokie B126

Erica Gonzalez, Academic Advising
egonzale@oakotn.edu
847.635.1479
Skokie A105

Jordana Lambropoulos, Alliance for Lifelong Learning
jlambrop@oakton.edu
847.376.7682
Skokie B113

Connie Negron, Student Financial Assistance
cnegron@oakton.edu
847.635.1257
Skokie A102

Cheryl Valloni, Accounting Services
cvalloni@oakton.edu
847.635.1627
Des Plaines 1868

Taylor Wright, Athletics
twright@oakton.edu 
847.376.7057
Des Plaines 1336


Oakton Community College is intellectually indebted to the Northeastern Illinois University Undocumented Students Project, whose work influenced this document.