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OUR MISSION

DREAM Scholars is a collaborative program between the Student Success Initiatives and the DREAM Center at UCI. Our mission is to support the transitional and navigational journeys of undocumented students. Our primary goal is to promote holistic development and increase retention by connecting students with campus and community resources, helping them build community, and equipping them with tools to achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals. We want our students to thrive at UCI and beyond.

OUR GOALS

Empower: Encourage students to view themselves as active agents, and embrace their personal power to lead self-authored lives.

Support: Promote the holistic development of students with undocumented immigration status by:

  • Connecting them with campus and community resources
  • Fostering a sense of belonging through intentional programming and services 
  • Equipping them with tools to achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals

OUR APPROACH

We use a holistic, solution-focused, and strengths-based approach to support the transitional and navigational journeys of our students.

Socio-Emotional & Mental Health

PROGRAM BENEFITS

Community Building

Access a community of undocumented students

Counseling Sessions

One-on-one personalized advising sessions

Workshops & Events

Quarterly academic and enrichment workshops

Campus Resources

Resource referrals to key campus partners

Free Loan Services

Students will have access to a book, i-clicker, and Chromebook loan services via the Gateway Initiatives Resources

Academic Success Suppport

Access to LARC Tutorial scholarships and Writing Tutors

First Year Exclusives

Peer mentoring and quarterly seminar for incoming freshmen and transfers

Graduation Recognition

Graduation recognition stole and invitation to our SSI Graduation Celebration

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

Must be an undocumented undergraduate student enrolled at UCI. The recruitment and selection process takes place during the summer.

APPLICATIONS

Applications for 2022-2023 will open in the summer during July/August. Fill out our interest form in the meantime and you will be contacted when applications open.

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YOUR PROGRAM COUNSELOR/COORDINATOR

Blanca

Blanca Villagomez Cedeño, M.S.

Office: 2200 Student Services II
Email: villagob@uci.edu

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(Blanca can be found under Student Success Initiatives)

VISIT OUR OFFICE 

SSII (2)

Our entrance is located in front of Zot-n-Go.

Summer Office Hours:

Monday - Friday from 10:00am - 4:00pm