Having started out as a small support group for undocumented students at UCLA, maintaining strong levels of support within our membership is key to our goals. By holding general body retreats, social events on and off campus, and making use of a buddy system, we are able to provide opportunities for members to bond with each other, feel like they are part of the campus, and create the support network necessary to push through the difficult realities of the undocumented student experiences. We strive to maintain a supportive and friendly environment where IDEAS members can easily become part of the family.
Providing mentorship programs for undocumented students in UCLA so that they can more easily navigate the higher education system is one of the main priorities of our retention chair. With mentors from different backgrounds and different education levels, we seek to assure that our membership can be successful in their pursuit of higher education.
Going beyond history, the ourstorian archives “our story” as immigrant youth and allies in IDEAS. Through video, photography, newsletters, and other artistic means, IDEAS is able to remember and recognize the journey of the undocumented student leaders who have arose and continue to hail from our organization. We recognize that it is our narratives as immigrant youth that propel our cause, and through the help of the ourstorian, we engage our membership to also use their story as tools for advocacy.
The IDEAS Office Manager sends out our weekly updates to inform our membership about current events taking place in IDEAS and in the national scheme of immigration news. In partnership with the CIRCLE Project housed under the Dream Resource Center, our office manager also assists in providing talking circles where undocumented students can have a safe space to discuss their experiences and be able to foster their own mental health.