Innovation Showcase / Helga Salinas
Undocumented Students and the DREAM Act
By Helga Salinas/ @helga_salinas
The story is about the undocumented student movement and the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act is a bill that would allow youth who came to the US at a young age and are now undocumented to work and attend school legally. The undocumented student movement has been the movement to get this act passed. It is lead by undocumented students who have come out publicly about their statuses and their lives.
These students include those in the story: Tereza Lee, the so-called original DREAMer; Gaby Pacheco who lead the Trail of Dreams in 2010, and Julio Salgado who embraces the term ‘undocuqueer’ and blogs his artwork about the movement. Despite the DREAM Act being introduced in 2001, most of the social media campaign and coming out stories became visible in 2010.
The undocumented student movement is marked by the students telling their stories to public through tweets, blogs, vlogs, pictures, statuses, links, and art. To incorporate all of these elements, I wanted to design a web page that connected the dots between the story and social media, allowing the reader the choice to interact with them during the reading experience. I’ve also included a timeline to present the chronology of the movement, which is also another place to include the YouTube links, articles, tweets, hashtags, etc.