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UndocuStudents: Our Untold Stories is a collection of essays, poetry, photographs, and artwork created by members of the Blue Group, an Associated Students Club at Western Washington University, whose mission is to provide undocumented students the opportunity to meet other undocumented students, find resources and services, and to build community.
As the Blue Group has grown from just a few students meeting informally into an official Western Washington University Associated Students club, into an organization that is now widely recognized in their local community, members of the Blue Group increasingly receive requests to give presentations to help people understand their experiences as undocumented immigrants and students.
Undocumented students face a number of pressures and stresses that are unique to their student experience because of their status. This book offers all readers insight and perspective based on the creative outputs originating from some of the undocumented students of Western Washington University.
In writing this book, the Blue Group students offer the readers, be they documented or undocumented immigrants, a way to connect with them and with each other, so that through the sharing of their creative work, they can continue to build community.
In their own words:
“You may read or see a piece in this book that resonates strongly with you, that helps you realize you are not alone. Or you may read or see a piece that causes you to think about something from a new perspective, from a place that challenges you. Or you may read or see something that makes you want to learn even more, something that inspires you to seek out others in your own community whom you can connect with and find ways to support. All of these things are good, and we hope that in sharing these pieces of ourselves, others will feel supported and find ways of giving support.”
Blue Group, Western Washington University, Viking Union 538, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225-9106
Undocumented immigrants, Undocumented students, DACA, Western Washington University, immigration, Bellingham, Undergraduate experience, Student support services
American Politics | Higher Education | Social Policy
Washington (State), United States
Blue Group, Western Washington University and Camarillo, Emmanuel Editor, "UndocuStudents: Our Untold Stories" (2017). A Collection of Open Access Books and Monographs. 10.
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