10 Ways to Support Students Facing Immigration Crises

The January 31, 2017 issue of Inside Higher Ed, in light of the recent presidential executive orders impacting immigrants and refugees, listed 10 ways that faculty can support students. These practices are listed below. For more on these practices, read the entire article,

  • Be aware of the wide range of people affected by proposed changes to immigration policy.
  • Educate yourself about the laws and policies that impact undocumented students’ educational access.
  • Signal to students that you are supportive.
  • (Re)consider how you discuss immigration-related issues and the current political climate in your classroom
  • Maintain student confidentiality and privacy
  • Use appropriate terminology when discussing immigration issues
  • Provide resources that will help mediate the financial instability that many students will also be facing.
  • Offer career and graduate preparation opportunities
  • Identify, improve and refer students to campus and community resources
  • Identify and raise awareness about your campus’s policies regarding undocumented students

Exceptional Faculty Grants

The HC Foundation accepts applications for funding for Exceptional Faculty Grants. Again this year, the Academic Affairs Office has partnered with the Foundation to increase the award amounts for projects that advance specific Student Achievement Initiative goals. The additional funds are drawn from last year’s SAI allocation. (Note: Grant applications must be received in the Office of Academic Affairs no later than 4:00p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017.)

Guidelines for all Applicants:

  • All full-time and part-time faculty members are eligible to apply for these grants. These grants are intended to support projects that promote student learning and should emphasize innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
  • Each grant application should:
    • include a narrative explaining how the project will benefit students, the College, or the community
    • identify the participants in the project
    • include a proposed budget (a budget form is included in the application)
  • General awards of $2,000 or less are available under the criteria outlined in Section 614 of the HCEA Agreement. An additional $2,000 per project is available from Academic Affairs for activities that specifically advance one of the following Student Achievement Initiative (SAI) goals as set out by the college president in 2014:
    • Basic skills transition: Increase to and sustain in-year transition rates at 10 percent
    • College math: Increase in-year completions by 3 percentage-points (from 30 to 33%)
    • 15 college credits: Increase in-year attainment by 5 percentage-points (from 50 to 55%)
    • 45 credits: Increase attainment by 3 percentage-points (from 30 to 33%)

Funds must be expended within a one-year period of time of the date of issue — that is, the period between spring 2017 and spring 2018. The individual(s) must be a continuous employee(s) of Highline College during the period of the grant.

Additional Guidelines:

Funds may be used for:

  • Professional travel
  • Stipends for part-time faculty or for summer project work
  • Project-related materials and supplies
  • Student activities (field trips, admission fees, etc.)
  • Single-course release time (requires full $4,000 award)

Grant recipients will:

Upon completion of the project, submit a brief report including a description of the impact of the project on teaching and learning

  • Evaluate and share project results with appropriate audiences, including the HC Foundation and the Trustees

Under Section 614 of the HCEA Agreement, scoring considerations to be used by the review committee will reference the following goals:
1) Promote excellence in teaching and learning
2) Enhance the educational environment of the College
3) Contribute to the advancement of the applicant’s discipline
4) Lead to the development of innovative curriculum

Strong applications will state a clear goal with a desired outcome that:

        • Advances innovative approaches
        • Promotes student learning
        • Identifies and addresses the goals of the college

For the enhanced $2,000 ($4,000 total) eligibility, the application must specify how it will promote one of the four SAI objectives listed earlier.

Faculty are welcome to apply individually, in pairs, or in larger groups. However, a single project is capped at $4,000.

Examples of Successful Projects:

Last year, projects were funded for:

  • Culturally Responsive Instruction Development for ABE/ESL faculty
  • Developing Multilingual Support in the Writing Center

Application Instructions:
This year, applications will be processed through the Office of Academic Affairs.

Grant applications must be received in the Office of Academic Affairs no later than 4:00p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017. The extended deadline has been arranged with the support of HCEA. Application forms are available on the Academic Affairs website.

Information and Questions:
Please call the Academic Affairs Office at Extension 3711, if you have any questions about the grant application process.