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.


  • 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.

EACH Team Members
  • Erica Gonzalez, Academic Advising,, 847.635.1479 Skokie, Room A105
  • Connie Negron, Student Financial Assistance,, 847.635.1257, Skokie, Room A102
  • Cheryl Valloni, Accounting Services,, 847.635.1627, Des Plaines, Room 868

Oakton Community College was inspired by Northeastern Illinois University Undocumented Students Project, whose work influenced this document.