Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development

Share the DREAM Undocumented Student Ally Training

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The Share the DREAM Undocumented Student Ally Trainings began in 2012 with the introduction of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) referendum presented by President Barack Obama. The trainings were successfully offered through a collaboration by the Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (SDMA) and the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL). These trainings are modeled after UndocuPeers: Liberating Campus Climate training developed by United We Dream’s (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. To date, over 350 faculty, staff, and students have completed the Share the Dream trainings as part of a University-wide effort to support undocumented students.

The Share the DREAM Undocumented Student Ally Trainings provide the Loyola community with skills to understand the value and importance of exploring the experiences and perspectives of undocumented students; they aim to generate knowledge for self-learning; and they increase on-campus support for and the inclusion of undocumented students. Upon completing the training, trainees receive a placard that recognizes them as allies and as points of support for undocumented students on campus. The goal is that participants display these placards in their work area to invite questions and/or dialogue about the issues that impact this community.

Trainings are held several times a year and are open to faculty, staff, and students. It is important that trainees commit to the entire two hours in order to receive all of the information they need in order to support this community.

Below is a list of people who have completed the training since the 2015-2016 academic year and the departments they represent.

If you would like more information on our trainings or are interested in attending, please contact us at diversity@luc.edu or RSVP for an upcoming training. 

First NamePositionDepartment
Melissa Bagdon Housing Assignments Coordinator Residence Life
Andrea Beaumont Pre-Health Advisor, Engineering Science Career Development Center
Hannah Goheen Program Coordinator SDMA
Sylvia Brown-Hood Program Coordinator Graduate School Outreach Services
Aurora Chang Assistant Professor School of Education
Heather Crews Administrative Assistant Modern Languages & Literature
Celia-Luisa Cuddeback  Clinical Social Worker Loyola Community and Family Services
Raven Curling Assistant Director, Student Employment  Career Development Center
Minerva Ahumada Assistant Professor, Philosophy Arrupe College
Ernest Fernandez Social Worker Arrupe College
Héctor García Professor & Director Latin American and Latino Studies Program Modern Languages & Literature
Paige Gardner Assistant Dean of Students  Dean of Students Office
Sarah Shabaan Assistant Dean of Student Success Arrupe College
Isabel Reyes Assistant Director of Admissions Arrupe College
Kathryn Jackson Director Career Development Center
Jim Johnson Associate Director, Pre-Health Advising

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Katherine Kaufka Walts, JD Director Center for the Human Rights of Children
Mark Kuczewski Director Bioethics, Stritch School of Medicine
Kaylee Hartman Program Coordinator Student Activities & Greek Affairs
Leah Pasquesi Academic Advisor First & Second Year Advising
Brendan McCarthy Digital Media Specialist Information Technology Services
Tom Regan, S.J.
Dean College of Arts & Sciences
Richard Renfro Director Loyola Community and Family Services
Jon Rosenfield Career Advisor Career Development Center
Linda Russell Manager Human Resources
Roy Saldaña Jr. Director Achieving College Excellence
Lori Salinas Assistant Director Adult & Transfer Center
Peter Sanchez Professor & Graduate Program Coordinator Political Science
Lauren Sanchez Senior Academic Advisor College of Arts & Sciences
Lauren Schwer Associate Director Campus Ministry
Stephanie Sferra Bassill Academic Advisor First & Second Year Advising
Antoaneta Topalova Enrollment Advisor Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Susan Wortman Career Advisor Career Development Center