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Center for Undocumented Students Opens on Pullman Campus – WSU Insider

Washington State University celebrates its commitment to serve and support undocumented students with the grand opening of the Center for Undocumented Students on the Pullman campus on October 14.

Doug Standish with Draw For Change installs a mural in the Compton Union Building’s new undocumented student center.

All students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to attend the event, which will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the center’s new home in room 421 of the Compton Union Building.

“This event provides a moment of reflection and celebration,” said Marcela Pattinson, who leads undocumented initiatives at WSU. “It’s not just my dream come true – it’s a lot of dreams come true together.”

During the opening event, attendees can explore the new center, hear stories of undocumented students and alumni, and view newly installed murals depicting undocumented students and their journeys. The murals were created by artists from Draw for Change, an organization that creates art to challenge systemic oppression.

The event is also a fundraiser for the center, which will use the funds to support undocumented students through programs and direct financial support. Donors who give more than $25 will receive a poster of one of the murals.

Creation of a safe space

The journey to create the Center for Undocumented Students has been a long one, said Itzia Barragan, student ambassador for the centre, and in many ways it mirrors the journey that undocumented students go through in their lives.

“At first we felt we had to hide our identity and we had no space to be,” she said. “Now we can recognize that we are here, we can share our stories and be open with our status.”

The center — the result of more than a decade of work by WSU staff, undocumented students, and allies — will provide support, programs, services, resources, and more to students and serve as a space to connect, learn and relax.

“We’ve waited a long time for this to happen, and I’m thrilled that we finally have a safe space,” said Mayra Angel, Co-Chair of Mariposas Undocumented Alliance. “It’s a place where I can feel comfortable and welcome, and I want other students to have that experience.”

The center is the second of its kind in the state (the other, on the University of Washington campus, served as a model for WSU’s center) and reinforces WSU’s position as a state and national leader in paperless initiatives.

“It really represents where we were, where we are and where we want to go,” Pattinson said.

“This center will help students navigate their university, but it will also allow us to continue to be pioneers in providing service to the state and inspiring others.”

‘We are here’

The opening of the center represents a new chapter in undocumented programming at WSU – a Pattinson and the center’s student groups are excited to get started. Already, the Crimson Group, an activist group for undocumented students, is planning programs to help raise awareness of both the new center and undocumented services on campus.

“I am thrilled to have a space that reflects the diversity, talents and vibrancy of our students, a place that will feel like a home away from home where students can be together and find support,” said Claudia Skinner, the graduate assistant from Undocumented Initiatives. . “We’re really excited to share the word about the center.”

Learn more about the Center for Undocumented Students on their website.