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Fresno State To Open Center For Undocumented Students

The Dream Outreach Center will be located inside the University Center at Fresno State. It's designed to address the unique needs and challenges faced by undocumented students who desire a college education.

Today marks the first day of class for Fresno State students. As FM89’s Diana Aguilera reports the university is now offering services specifically for undocumented students.

The Dream Outreach Center is a place where undocumented students, known as "dreamers", can go to get help in their journey to and through college. It’s the first time Fresno State is offering this type of help to incoming and currently enrolled students, whether it’s filling out applications or financial aid paperwork.

Raul Moreno is the coordinator.

“When you talk about Dreamers the majority are farm workers and children of farm workers,” he says. “They have never gone to college. They really need more than application assistance they need mentorship, they need guidance, they need somebody telling them what’s the next step.”

Moreno says around 400 undocumented students applied for this school year.

The office will be located at the University Center and it’s expected to open in a few weeks. For now, students can seek services in the Joyal building.

Diana Aguilera is a multimedia reporter native of Santiago, Chile. It was during her childhood in Santiago where her love for journalism sparked. Diana moved to Fresno while in her teens and is a proud graduate of California State University, Fresno. While earning her degree in journalism and minor in Latin American studies, Diana worked for the Fresno Bee. Her work as a general assignment reporter continued after college and was recognized by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. In 2014, she joined Valley Public Radio. Her hobbies include yoga, traveling and reading.