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Undocumented Students Knowledge Community


This Undocumented Students Knowledge Community is a cross-campus interdisciplinary collaboration that focuses on scholarship and its translation into effective practice to support policy changes across the educational system affecting undocumented students.The Knowledge Community provides faculty and staff interacting with undocumented students and communities with opportunities to share formal and informal knowledge, professional expertise, and best practices. The community will generate new knowledge and expand our understanding of effective practices with the goal of promoting change at the individual, institutional, and societal level. Ultimately, this contributes to the realization of a more inclusive and welcoming campus for all students.

Faculty-Staff Members

Teresa Satterfield, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures (tsatter). Professor Satterfield is a linguist whose areas of research include child bilingualism, first language acquisition, language contact phenomena in the context of US (Afro-)Latino identity and culture. Most recently, Professor Satterfield has been involved in organizing a community-based Saturday-morning Spanish literacy program for Spanish-speaking children grades Pre-K to 4 in the Ann Arbor Schools. The program is called: "En Nuestra Lengua".

Judith Pennywell, International Center Director (jpennywe). As the director of the International Center at the University of Michigan, Dr. Judith Pennywell oversees international student, scholar, and employee services as well as global engagement and education abroad programming. Judith has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of international education administration and student affairs, and has taught leadership and multicultural education courses. In 2018, Dr. Pennywell co-developed and lead several cross-campus workshops on undocumented and DACAmented student access and success at U-M.

Catalina Ormsby, Center for Educational Outreach Associate Director (acormsby). Since 2007, she brings experience working in research activities and outreach efforts related to access to higher education for undocumented students. She works closely with undocumented prospective and current students in a mentoring capacity.

Ann Lin, Associate Professor of Public Policy (annlin). Professor Lin, in the Ford School of Public Policy, has lead workshops and classes focusing on the shifting immigration policy landscape and understanding the complexity of demographics, including undocumented populations and dynamics.

Kim Lijana, Center for Educational Outreach Director (klijana). As the director of CEO, she brings expertise in college access and readiness for diverse and under-served communities. Her disciplinary emphasis includes innovative solutions in support of amplified academic achievement for college readiness, and increased outcomes and opportunities for underrepresented students.

Lorraine Gutierrez, Professor of Social Work and Psychology (lorraing). Professor Gutierrez, in the School of Social Work and Department of Psychology, focuses on multicultural praxis in communities, organizations and higher education. She brings to her work community-based practice and research in multiethnic communities in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, and Seattle.

Hector Galvan, Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives Program Manager (hgalvan). As part of his role on campus, he serves as the appointed contact for undocumented students. He also provides support, connections and programming for students.

Paul Joseph Fleming, Assistant Professor of Public Health (pauljf). Assistant Professor in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. In the work he is initiating in Michigan, he uses a community-based participatory approach with Latino immigrants to examine how policies and discrimination contribute to poor physical and mental health outcomes.

Megan Eagle, Clinical Instructor, School of Nursing (megeagle). Since 1995, Megan Eagle has been providing primary health care services to underserved populations. She has done research on the health care needs of uninsured adults in Washtenaw County, the adaptability Group Prenatal Care models to the family practice setting and on strategies for addressing maternal mortality in rural areas. She has served as a clinical preceptor to adult and family Nurse Practitioner students and also supervised clinical placements for students from the Schools of Social Work, Pharmacy, and Medicine. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Dilip Das, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (dadas). In the provost’s office at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Dilip is a liaison to campus units implementing their five-year Diversity-Equity-Inclusion (DEI) Plans; he coordinates cross-campus committees focused on DEI issues and actions; he is a member of U-M’s HLC accreditation team; and participates in multi-institutional college and STEM access grants for underrepresented students.

John Burkhardt, Clinical Professor of Education (jcbforum). As the founding director of the National Forum on higher education, he conducts research on access to higher education for undocumented students both at the state and national level. He has led initiatives focused on transformation and change in higher education.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact co-chairs Catalina Ormsby, associate director at the U-M Center for Educational Outreach; John Burkhardt, professor in the Center for the Study of Higher Education; and Dilip Das, assistant vice provost for equity, inclusion, & academic affairs.


Learn more about the issues being addressed by the Undocumented Students Knowledge Community.


The uLEAD (University Leaders for Educational Access and Diversity) Network is an online community of university leaders committed to broadening postsecondary access and support for all students, regardless of immigration status. University leaders encompass a wide variety of individuals in the field, including presidents, board members, diversity officers, admissions officers, financial aid officers, registrars, student affairs professionals, general counsel, and student activists.


The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration was created by a founding group of Presidents who came together on November 14, 2017 in Washington D.C. for a Presidents’ Convening on Higher Education and Immigration. The Convening was sponsored by George Washington University’s Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute with the help of a Presidential Steering Committee whose members are identified below.

The Presidents’ Alliance brings together American college and university chancellors and presidents dedicated to increasing public understanding of how immigration policies and practices impact our students, campuses and communities.

We support policies and practices that create a welcoming environment for immigrant, undocumented and international students on our campuses.


At TheDream.US, we work with a community of partners to provide that opportunity. Our approach is designed to scale and deliver relevant and sustainable impact. Care about the impact of immigration on your state’s economy or congressional district? We’ve organized our data by your location.


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