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    Denisse Rojas receives The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

    One of the most prestigious fellowship for graduate studies, The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, announced their 2016 recipients.The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans offers a grant of $90,000 to immigrants or children of immigrants in the United States. Previous recipients of the Paul and Daisy Soros fellowship include U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Pardis Sabeti, the leading Ebola research, and over 535 other new American leaders. Among the recipients is our Pre-Health Dreamers founding member Denisse Rojas Marquez. Out of 1,446 applications, 70 finalists, only 30 selected, Denisse was the only DACA recipient this year. Denisse is currently attending Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.  She is one of two undocumented students attending this institution. Denisse is the second DACA recipient to receive the Soros Fellowship and the first to be attending medical school

    Breaking More Barriers Survey 

    We have launched a new survey! We invite you to participate in our new survey “Breaking More Barriers” and apply for our new Peer Engagement and Enrichment Program (PEEP) . Our goal with this survey is gain better insights to our community needs. Our PHD community is very diverse and each member’s unique experiences are important to consider. With this survey we aim to expand our knowledge on your geographic region as well as your health career path, allowing us to better serve you. The survey takes about 20-25 minutes.

    We are also very excited to announce our new program! The Peer Engagement and Enrichment Program (PEEP) is a new pilot project aimed to provide support for undocumented students interested in applying to graduate programs in the health professions. This program will be completed online. It is open to students in any state. Students in our PEEP cohort will meet monthly with other undocumented students in our network. The program is expected to begin in late May 2016 and will run until December 2016. The application for PEEP is embedded into our “Breaking More Barriers” survey, so please fill it out to be considered for this program.


    Please follow this link to be directed to our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YV57Z9W

    Introducing Our Pre-Health Team!


    From Left to Right: Mario Pizarro Rojas (Media and Communications), Boss Povieng (Media and Communications), Regem Corpuz (Policy Advocacy), Erick Leyva (Institutional Advocacy), Mithi Del Rosario (Advocacy), Angela Chen (PHD Director), Ingrid Vazquez (Peer Facilitator)



     PHDreamers in the News

    PHDreamers in the News


    RTEmagicC_f0dc73436f9acc206a_117762_Latthivongskorn_Jirayut.jpgDACA: High Court ruling could squash dreams of becoming a doctor.
    Two of our members are featured in this article about the fate of DACA and what it means for our future.

    Welcome PHD’s New Director: Dr. Angela Chuan-Ru Chen

    Dr. Angela Chuan-Ru Chen

    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.


    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.

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    KQED’s Perspectives: Jirayut

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    “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.”

    Hear New’s story


    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!


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