Advocacy

External Representative

As IDEAS at UCLA, we pride ourselves in being not only a support group for AB540 students, but also a strong advocate for immigrant rights and more specifically, immigration reform. As students, we have the power to use our education to spread awareness and push our government to pass just legislation that is inclusive of all our undocumented immigrant community.

The external component serves to maintain connections with community organizations, increase our visibility and activism on and off the UCLA campus, and empower members to be their own best advocates. Advocacy was one one of the four main components of IDEAS when it was founded in 2001, and it has grown so much since then. As the number of undocumented students in higher education increase, so does the need for legislation like the immigration reform, and so does our passion for its passage. Through the growth of this component, one can see the development of the momentum we’ve been able to gain as activists on our campus and as an organization.

Internal Representative

The internal component evolved  as ongoing DREAM Act campaigns gained increasing visibility and the organization solidified coalition-building with a growing number of on and off campus entities. Some of the first on campus alliances formed were with the RAZA Coalition on campus. In 2007, IDEAS formally joined the Asian Pacific Coalition–the body that represents dozens of Asian organizations at UCLA.

Off campus, IDEAS at UCLA became a part of the California Dream Network in 2006, and helped found Dream Team Los Angeles in 2007 and again in 2009. As part of the University of California system, IDEAS at UCLA has also worked with the University of California Student Association and the United States Student Association in pushing for legislation like the federal and state (CA) DREAM Acts. In 2010, IDEAS became part of the first youth-led national network of undocumented students, United We Dream. We believe that by expanding our networks and working together with partners, we can help build a movement that works towards equality and justice for all.