The SIR program is the first of its kind to offer professional development opportunities to undocumented undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students. During the funded pilot year, two undocumented graduate students and two undocumented professional students were competitively selected to serve as scholars-in-residence at the UCI DREAM Center. Under Director Oscar Teran and Faculty-in-Residence Dr. Laura Enriquez’ supervision, the graduate scholars-in-residence (SIRs) developed programming to support undocumented undergraduate students in accessing research and internship experiences and improving post-graduate preparation. Each of the four Scholars-in-Residence received professional development and mentorship training and a $2,000 fellowship stipend funded by UCI Graduate Division and the Schools of Humanities, Law, Social Ecology, and Social Sciences.
Graduate SIRs focused on: 1) developing and running eight informative graduate/professional school workshops, 2) mentoring 4-6 assigned undergraduate student mentees as they develop an internship application or UROP/SURP research proposal, and 3) holding weekly office hours. Winter 2018 was dedicated to introducing graduate school, the application process, and teaching how to build relationships with faculty. Spring 2018 focused on supporting students in completing their chosen internship or UROP/SURP research proposal applications. Workshops were held to teach students how to write their personal statements, research statements, project proposals, CV/resume, and cover letters. Graduate SIRs mentored and oversaw 9 UROP/SURP proposals and 17 internship applications. The Scholars also offered workshops at the DREAM Scholars’ Rising Together, Thriving Together undergraduate conference which provided professional development to over 80 UCI undocumented student attendees.