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, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. As students, we have the power to use our education to spread awareness and push our government to pass just legislation like the DREAM Act.
The advocacy 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 DREAM act, 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. Pass the DREAM Act now!