Welcome PHD’s New Director: Dr. Angela Chuan-Ru Chen
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Angela Chuan-Ru Chen as the new Pre-Health Dreamers Project Director! Angela was selected among a competitive applicant pool based on her strong experience as an educator to undocumented college students, her motivations to engage in institutional advocacy efforts, and her relevant educational background. Having been undocumented herself for 16 years, her experiences as an undocumented student throughout her undergraduate career has been an influence for her passion to support the undocumented student community.
Angela most recently worked as the Director of the Undocumented Student Program at UCLA which served over 500 undocumented students, launched new programming, and built resources across campus departments to better serve undocumented students. We’re confident these skills will help her serve the pre-health undocumented community.
Additionally, Angela‘s institutional advocacy includes leading University of California system-wide efforts to increase awareness about policies that impact undocumented students and guiding universities across the nation to develop support programs for undocumented youth. Angela‘s experience in improving institutional practices will expand PHD’s efforts to increase access to health careers for the undocumented community.
Moreover, Angela completed academic training in UCLA’s Graduate School of Education which will strengthen PHD’s mission and strategic planning to engage in effective and impactful work.
Health Professions Advancement Program – DEADLINE EXTENSION
Immigrant Leaders Talk Undocumented Students And Higher Education: “Dignity Days” Chat
A must-watch recording of the virtual conversation (click here), along with a list of resources for undocumented students, below.
A big thanks to leaders and students from UWD, NILC, the Domestic Workers Alliance, DRM Action, PHDreamers, Harvard University, and Colorado State University for joining us.
Panelists shared their experiences navigating the higher education system as undocumented students, many of whom graduated before the implementation of DACA.
Latino USA: Dreams Become Reality for Undocumented Med Students
May 15, 2015
“It’s so hard to see someone get on a plane and not know when you’re going to see them again.” Denisse Rojas recounts the last time she saw her mother who in dire need of a surgery immigrated to Canada.
“When my mom left, that’s what gave me the fuel to know that I want to do medicine and overcome the obstacles that come along the way.”
Listen to NPR’s Latino USA compelling radio piece on Denisse’s journey to medicine, the story of Pre-Health Dreamers, and the injustice undocumented communities face in the healthcare system.
KQED’s Perspectives: Jirayut
“Today I’m blessed with the opportunity to pursue my aspirations of becoming the doctor that my community needs and deserves. However, to fulfill that role I must continue to advocate for increased access to health careers and health care coverage for all people regardless of immigration status. I want to be part of a just and humane health care system that doesn’t discriminate because of immigration status and that will allow me to provide care to my very own family. That’s precisely why I’m advocating for “Health For All” in California.
I share my story in the hopes that no other undocumented student will ever have to feel hopeless, isolated, and powerless ever again in their pursuit of health & science careers. That is the mission of Pre-Health Dreamers.”
Hot Off the Press!
ATTENTION all undocumented pre-med students! Be sure to check out our first Medical School FAQ guide for answers to all the essential questions.
Can you attend medical school? How do you talk about your status in your application — should you?….and more!