This page will explain the Where We Dream (WWD) in general and all the specificities of the features—AKA WWD S4 (Schools, Scholarships, States, Stories), your ability as a user on the site, and some fun facts. Lets begin with the problem.
The "equal access to education for anyone regardless of documentation" problem is too big to tackle on this page. If you really want learn about the thing that can inspire the best of students to drop out, self deport, stay in minimum-wage jobs, and abandon any hope they had for a future, listen to a podcast that summarizes it well. The article will come soon. You can also listen to Eddie's Ted Talk, and Marco's spoken word on IYF's youtube channel to educate yourself.
Great question! Where We Dream is simply another attempt to help undocumented student go to college and raise aweness on the issue. If the laws and policies are still unchanged, then maybe we can have a place full of resources and a supporting community, where students learn about the best colleges for them—schools that go out of their way to help immigrant students succeed.
If our goal is a well-educated society, it shouldn't matter whether someone has documentation or not. They are part of the community, the society, but they systematically can’t access education. When they should go to college, but don’t because of policies or lack of resources, we overall pay the price in poverty or in human pain and suffering.
Great question! Because not many schools have easy access to information about how they treat undocumented students, forcing students to spend a lot of time researching, and eventually giving up because the situation is too overwhelming. With the Schools feature, students quickly get important information that applies directly to them; information like "Does the school accept undocumented students?" or "Does the school have any merit-based scholarships available for undocumented students?". This is very important information that the students need to know!
You can search through schools by using a keyword search. Type in "unc" and you will see only UNC schools. Type in the "charlotte" and you will see only schools from the city of Charlotte, NC. Type in "private" and you will see all the private schools on the website.
You can also click on "rank", "name" and "city" in the top row in order to sort them. Click once for ascending order, click again for descending.
We are working on adding more schools and information on those schools to the website, so just be patient. Or if you are impatient, reach out and ask to be recruiter, that way you can add the information yourself. Don't be shy. You'll never get anything done by sitting around and doing nothing!
If you are on mobile, you will see and while looking at schools. These locks are used to save space because you have a lot less screen area on mobile. So, instead of saying a school is public with text, we save space by denoting public schools with the icon. Private schools get the icon.
That's right. Universities can be either public universities or private universities.
Most Public universites were founded by government. State money runs public universities. The cost to study at these schools, aka tuition, is usually lower at public universities.
Private colleges are not funded by the state. They rely on tuition and private contribution. Since the state does not help with the money, tuition is often higher at private universities.
However, because public schools are funded by the state, they also have to follow state laws. If the state does not grant undocumented students in-state status, public schools must charge these students up to 4 times the cost of in-state tuition.
Private schools don't have to worry about that. They can accept who they want, charge them in-state or not. It's up to the school.
So in the end, a private school might be cheaper than a public school, if you're undocumented.
Where We Dream hopes to provide undocumented students with a sort of "immigrant-friendly rating" in hopes to better guide students to schools where they might have a chance, and keep them away from wasting time on schools that will ultimately turn them down in the end. Because we are evaluating schools, it makes sense to use the letter-grade system to rank them. We are all familiar with it the system. An "A" is the best you can do, an "F" means the school's pretty bad at giving undocumented students an equal chance at higher education.
Right now the grades are estimates, and most of them are left as "INC", which stands for "incomplete". This means there is not information is available to give the school a score, or not enough thought has gone into giving the school a reasonable score. Soon the grades will be standardized, meaning an "A" will mean that the schools does x, y, and z, while a "B" means the schools only does x, y, but not z, and so on. The information will be posted here on this page, and news about it will be announced through WWD's Twitter and Facebook pages, so pick one and follow them.
What a great question. The Scholarships feature exists because scholarships for undocumented immigrants are hard to come by. Many students find themselves without options. They can go through a list of scholarships, cross most of them out because of immigration reasons, and be left with just the possibility of winning $500 maximum.
Again, you can search using keywords, and sort using the top row of hte table. Scholarships contain a link to the actual website where you can apply from, details about the scholarship, such as the reward amount, the background, the requirements, and the deadline.
Deadline icons are a way to help see how much time there is before a scholarship is due.
is barely visible, therefore there is a lot of time left before the application is due. There are over 5 months before the application is due
is more visible, therefore there is less time before the application is due. The application is due in between 4 and 5 months.
means the application for the scholarship is due in between 3 and 4 months.
means the application is due in between 2 and 3 months.
means you have between 1 and 2 months before the deadline.
means you better hurry up, because you have less than 1 month before the deadline.
means we are past the deadline. Hopefully you applied in time!
Yes, as Bill said in his podcast, the matter of immigrant education is a state's rights issue. It varies from state to state. You can look at each state that has any information on it by clicking on it on the map. Read about them here.
Yes, because we have so many stories to share; things that we have seen and people need to know about. We have voices, too. I've spoken at many events and I've gotten a lot of comments—from people who didn't know about undocumented students, and they said they understood and thanked me for telling my story. This feature is just another way to do that.
Anyone with an account can write a story. You don't have to be undocumented.
Yes. You should be familiar with this one. Facebook, YouTube, iFunny, they all have some sort of liking system. Where We Dream has one, too. You can see them when you visit the schools page. Under the schools' rank, you see the proportion of people who liked and disliked the school. If nobody has given an opinion on the school yet, the likes bar will appear gray. You can also like scholarships, stories, and comments, but not people.
Yes. You should be familiar with this one, too. Facebook, YouTube and iFunny all have some sort of commenting system. Where We Dream has one, too. You can comment on schools, scholarships, stories, and comments, but not people. Yes, you can reply to other people's comments. You're welcome.
Of course you can.
As it turns out, there is this thing called Markdown, a simple way for regular people to write easy-to-read content.
Where We Dream uses Markdown in two ways. The first is in comments. You can use italics, bold, hyperlinks, regular links and ordered lists. Where We Dream calls it simple Markup. Observe.
If you write
"*Sam* **I** [am](http://agar.io/)
Sam I am
So you were paying attention. Well done. WWD uses Markdown again in the body of stories, and in your biography on your profile page. The difference this time is that you here you can do all the stuff from simple Markdown, but also do headers, unordered lists, images, superscript, highlight, underline, and strikethrough. WWD calls it full Markdown. Check it out.
If you write
###### Smallest header
regular link: <https://twitter.com/>
regular link: https://twitter.com/
You have all this power to write more clearly, to paint a better picture, with emphasis, with hyperlinks, and much more! If you want to learn even more, check out this page.
When logged in, scroll down to the footer of any page, click "Profile", click "Edit".