32 Colleges to Expand Opportunity for Undocumented Students and Families

California Campus Catalyst Fund Will Support Resource Centers,
Legal Services, and Other Programs

We are proud to oversee and administer the California Campus Catalyst Fund to create and expand programs to support undocumented immigrants and their families.

The California Campus Catalyst Fund is a three-year initiative founded by educators, funders, and advocates to increase support at campuses representing the state’s three public higher education segments: California Community Colleges, California State University, and the University of California. To date, the Fund has raised nearly $10 million.

Thirty-two campuses have received grants starting this school year to fund resource centers, legal services, mental health services, and other support for undocumented students and their families. See list of campuses here.

“Undocumented young people and their families are integral to the social, economic, and cultural fabric of California, and as such, support for them needs to be woven into our state’s higher education system,” said Victor Garcia, director of the California Campus Catalyst Fund at Immigrants Rising. “Expanding educational access and support helps undocumented immigrants recognize and achieve their full potential, leading to a more vibrant future for all of us.”

The programs supported by the California Campus Catalyst Fund are building on the trailblazing work of students, educators, community leaders, and policymakers around the state in welcoming undocumented students out of the shadows and providing them with the resources they need to succeed. In recent years, California has expanded in-state and state-based financial aid, and undocumented immigrants now qualify for career licensing in law, medicine, real estate, and 37 other professions.

Supporters for the Fund include the Chavez Family Foundation, College Futures Foundation, Grove Foundation, Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, Ginnie and Peter Haas, Jr. Fund, Heising-Simons Foundation, Hellman Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman, NextGen America, and Weingart Foundation.

Learn more about our California Campus Catalyst Fund initiative here.