DREAM Scholars is a collaborative program between the Student Success Initiatives and the DREAM Center at UCI. Our mission is to provide undocumented students with the academic guidance and social support necessary to ensure their educational and personal success. Our primary goal is to promote the holistic development of undocumented students by connecting them with campus and community resources, helping them build community, and providing them with tools to achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals. We want our students to thrive at UCI and beyond.
Be an undocumented undergraduate student enrolled at UCI.
The following benefits are available to those enrolled in our program.
- Community of Undocumented Students
- Graduate School Support
- One-on-One Advising Sessions
- Quarterly Workshops & Events
- Book, Chromebook, and i-Clicker Loans
- Additional Book Voucher Program
- Free Printing
- LARC Scholarship
- Year-long 1.3 unit University Affairs Course for Freshman and First-Year Transfer Students
DREAM University Affairs Course
Our DREAM University Affairs Course is a year-long opportunity open to all new undocumented students. This course aims to create an environment in which undocumented students learn how to build relationships and community as well as how to sustain them. We create a safe and receptive space for students to engage in dialogue about their immigrant identities, discuss issues relating to their health and wellness, engage in professional development opportunities, and gain skills that will enable their academic success as they complete their first year at UCI.
Applications for DREAM Scholars Program 2020-2021 are now closed. If you are interested in joining our program please fill out this interest form. Please email our Counselor/Coordinator Blanca Villagomez Cedeño (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or concerns.
Blanca Villagomez Cedeño - Counselor/Coordinator, DREAM Scholars & Transfer Programs
Blanca completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (Go Bruins!) where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education (SDHE) at CSU Long Beach. While in undergrad, she held numerous leadership positions where she developed initiatives and resources to support first-generation, low-income, undocumented students. Previous to her current appointment, Blanca worked as the Student Success Advisor in CSUN’s EOP DREAM Center where she supported students from immigrant backgrounds and mixed-status families navigate and succeed in college. She also worked as a Researcher under UCLA’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) where her research examined retention and graduation patterns of undocumented students at UCLA. Her commitment to educational equity and social justice is rooted in her experiences as a first-generation student. She firmly believes that students are empowered and transformed when they are provided with holistic support and safe spaces. She is always more than happy to answer any questions you have. Come and visit her!
Office: 2200 Student Services II