20 Year Anniversary AB 540 Conference – TEST
Commemorating 20 Years of CA’s Landmark Legislation: A Celebration & Call to Action
This virtual conference will bring together legislators, administrators, educators, students, and community members from across California to celebrate the successes created through AB 540! Join us to commemorate this important legislation and highlight institutional support efforts — as well as build a statewide plan to reduce barriers and propose legislative solutions. Together we can advocate for the equitable implementation of AB 540 across the CCCs, CSUs, and UCs.
The conference is happening on Monday, October 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Time. Sign up here to reserve your spot!
This conference is held in partnership with the 5th Annual CCC 5th Annual Undocumented Student Action Week. A special plenary session will be held at 1 p.m. PT. Those wanting to attend Building Bridges: Systemic Solutions to Support Undocumented Students Panel must register at this link in addition to the conference. Please note attending the conference and this featured panel will require two separate registrations.
- Celebrate successes made possible by AB 540 and raise awareness of its benefits
- Commemorate student and community activism that generated existing resources
- Highlight continued role and work of student and educator advocacy
- Elevate promising practices that promote undocumented student success
- Build statewide accountability on AB 540/SB 68 implementation
- Resolve key discrepancies betweens CCCs, CSUs, and UCs
- Build a coalition to bridge efforts among all higher education institutions
- Provide training for Student Services & Dream Resource Center staff
- Set the stage for legislative update
- Develop a plan to move beyond AB 540 to create deeper equity for students
Opening Session Keynote Speakers
Irma Archuleta is an educator by profession with extensive administrative and management background in higher education from the California State University and Community College systems. Her dedication to public service led her to represent her community as a Trustee for Long Beach City College. She dedicated her career to advancing social justice by increasing access and promoting educational equity.
However, her most poignant and meaningful work was elevating the plight of undocumented students. As co-founder and co-chair of the Leticia A Network (LAN), an intersegmental education and community advocacy group, she worked collaboratively with the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund (MALDEF) and state elected officials on legislation to support the rights of undocumented immigrants.
María Blanco is Executive Director of the Immigrant Student Legal Services Center that provides immigration-related legal services for undocumented students at nine University of California campuses.
With a BA and JD from UC Berkeley of Law, Blanco is a long-time civil rights litigator and advocate. Before founding the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center, she was Vice President of Civic Engagement at the California Community Foundation. Blanco has also served as Executive Director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute at UC Berkeley School of Law, as Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and as National Senior Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
The conference would not be possible without our Planning Committee including the Student Strategy Table. Huge appreciations to them for making this event happen!