Climate Study of Undocumented Students at UC Berkeley


What are the current challenges that undocumented students face at UC Berkeley? And how do undocumented students believe the campus can alleviate some of these challenges?

This report releases the findings of a research team (Lisa García Bedolla, Leti Volpp, Martha Ortega Mendoza, and Eduardo Bautista Duran) that in 2019 conducted focus groups and surveys of undocumented students on campus.  The report provides an updated and nuanced assessment of the daily experiences of undocumented students navigating life on campus, as undergraduates, graduate students, students with DACA, and students without DACA.  Recommendations to help UC Berkeley leverage student experiences to better support its undocumented student members are made.

Support for the research study was provided by the Institute for Othering and Belonging, the Institute for Governmental Studies and the Center for Race and Gender.

Martha Ortega Mendoza
Eduardo Bautista Duran
Publication date: 
October 8, 2020
Publication type: 
Research Report