Dream Conference to offer information, assistance to students

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Ricardo Aguilar talks to participants in 2019’s Dream Conference at Delta College. The event provides resources and workshops for undocumented students. This year’s event takes place on Feb. 29.
Ricardo Aguilar talks to participants in 2019’s Dream Conference at Delta College. The event provides resources and workshops for undocumented students. This year’s event takes place on Feb. 29.

Want to meet new people, create new bonds and relationships while helping the community? On Feb. 29, the Dreamers Success Center is hosting the Dream Conference on campus. The event broke an attendance record with more than 200 attendees. This year organizers are hoping to surpass 400. 

“It is open to everybody, to dreamers, to folks who are non-dreamers, to community members, and if they are not dreamers it is a good opportunity to come and get exposed to information that they can use to help,” said Sergio Lara, Resource Specialist for the Dreamers Success Center.

Attendees will be able to take advantage of the multiple workshops set up throughout the day, led by experienced people and experts in their fields such as Bianca Duena, a lawyer with the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation. 

Workshops taking place this year also include those covering the subjects of entrepreneurship, the California Dream Act, Assembly Bill 540, legal and counseling community services, and a “Know Your Rights” workshop that will provide legal assistance if needed.

The conference will conclude with personal assistance with Dream Act applications in the DeRicco building as well as a showing of the Dreamers Success Center. 

“The expectations is that students along with their parents get the information they are looking for, but also find that home away from home,” said Lara.

Those in attendance will not only take away new information. “People can get a better sense of empathy by putting themselves in the shoes of dreamers I think that is one of the biggest things they can take away,” said Lara.

The event will be hosted at San Joaquin Delta College in the Atherton Auditorium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Spots can be reserved for free online at https://tinyurl.com/deltadream20.