Center for Urban Research and Learning

Loyola University Chicago

Here you will find all of CURL's research projects and publications. 

Immigration: Undocumented Students in Higher Education

(7/1/2010 - Spring 2013)


Fairfield University, Santa Clara University and Loyola University Chicago have partnered and received a grant from the Ford Foundation to explore experiences of undocumented students at Jesuit universities.  The project seeks to better understand challenges and obstacles faced by undocumented students and ways of eliminating those barriers. The project has several short-term and long-term goals.

Short-term Goals:

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  1. To provide presidential leadership in higher education regarding undocumented students; 
  2. To initiate and sustain dialogue among the 28 North American Jesuit Colleges and Universities around the topic of undocumented students;
  3. To design and implement a mixed-methods research study to understand the legal contexts, attitudes, and current practices, issues and challenges for AJCU institutions in serving students who are undocumented; 
  4. To develop and disseminate a white paper that provides moral and practical arguments for serving a more inclusive higher education system which serves students who are undocumented.

 Long-term Goals

  1. Explore the creation of a common fund to support financial aid for undocumented students;
  2. Catalog and collect resources and information related to undocumented students and U.S. higher education.




Research Team

  • P. Nyden, CURL
  • M. Guzman, CURL
  • R. Kakuyama, Graduate Fellow 
  • K. Surla, Undergraduate Fellow
  • V. Anguiano, Undergraduate Fellow 

Community Partners