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UPRISE Program

Undocumented People Rising in Solidarity and Empowerment (UPRISE) 

UPRISE is a GRANT in collaboration between California State University San Marcos and MiraCosta Community College to bolster academic success, enhance professional opportunities, improve personal wellness, strengthen institutional support, and increase allies for undocumented students and their families in North County San Diego.

Legal Services - Dignity and Justice (Dignidad y Justicia)

Free immigration-related legal assistance are offered to students and families on campusby partnering with trusted non-profit immigration law centers. Also, through Dignity and Justicethe UPRISE program focuses on creating family safety plans in case a student or loved one face deportation or detention.

Moving Forward (Adelante) – Entrepreneurship 

This service focuses on expanding entrepreneurship trainings across campuses through Immigrants Rising’s webinars, and collaborations with the career center and internship stakeholders. 

Undocu-Ally Training

This training focuses on the expertise “train the trainers,” modeled after CSU Long Beach’s AB-540 Ally training. Through this approach UPRISE can tailor training for faculty, staff, administrators and students to better support the undocumented community. 

Pathways (Avenidas)

This program focuses on honoring cultural wealth by hosting family nights on each campus so that families learn about UPRISE together, along with resources in the community and testimonials by students about their educational journey.

Voice and Wellness (Voz y Salud)

Mental health and wellness is important. This program provides one-on-one and group therapy by a bilingual therapist with expertise in trauma related to immigration.

UPRISE Scholar Events

Scholar events focus on validating scholarly identity by enhancing existing events at both institutions to address undocumented and mixed status students’ concerns and celebrate their success. 

Strong (Fuerte) 

This six-week class focuses on students and families learning about leadership and civic engagement with the partnership of The National Latino Research Center at Cal State San Marcos.