NASPA Online Learning Community

Advocating for Undocumented Students’ Career Success

Advocating for Undocumented Students’ Career Success

Includes a Live Web Event on 04/16/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

Arabi Hassan

Co-Founder

First Gen Empower

Arabi Hassan (she/her) is a first-generation Bangladeshi immigrant and the Co-Founder of First Gen Empower (FGE). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC Berkeley and a JD from Harvard Law School. She has 8+ years of experience advocating for immigrant communities through policy advocacy, direct legal representation, college and career advising, and mentorship. She also advises organizations such as Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and Immigrants Rising. As a formerly undocumented immigrant, Arabi’s passion for advocating for undocumented students is shaped by her own experiences navigating the American education system while undocumented. 

Sarah Kim

Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships

First Gen Empower

Sarah Kim (she/her) is the Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships at First Gen Empower. She is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Edu Light, Inc., a career consulting firm for first-generation and immigrant students. With 6+ years of experience in Student Affairs and Career Services, she leads efforts to prepare first-generation and undocumented students for success beyond high school through tailored workshops and training educators. Sarah holds a Master’s in Higher Education, with a concentration in student affairs, from Boston College and a B.A. in Sociology from UCLA.


Due to lack of federal immigration reform, hundreds of thousands of undocumented students face severely restricted college and career options. The majority of undocumented students in high school and college in the U.S. today do not have work authorization and are effectively locked out of the workforce. In higher education institutions, educators, student affairs professionals, and administrators struggle to support the unique needs of their undocumented students and to guide students towards income-generating opportunities that do not require work authorization. The situation is even more dire in states like Texas and Florida, where state legislatures are actively reversing decades of progress through passing hostile immigration policies. As a result of institutional and political challenges far beyond their control, hundreds of thousands of talented, qualified, and accomplished students are unable to pursue their dreams, seek employment, and build wealth.

In this webinar, we will explore best practices, grounded in evidence-based best practices of educational institutions across the country, that members can implement to bolster support for undocumented students on their campuses. In particular, we will provide strategies for: 

  1. Providing effective academic and career advising that are inclusive of undocumented students’ needs
  2. Designing paid professional development opportunities for students with or without work authorization 
  3. Creating inclusive campus climates that ensure undocumented students can fully participate in campus life


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