Brown hiring student to fundraise for illegal immigrants

Brown University will soon hire one of its students to serve as a “campus resource and advocate” for illegal immigrants attending the elite institution.

The school’s new Undocumented/DACA Undergraduate Programmer will be paid more than $10 an hour to help lead the school’s Undocumented/DACA Student Initiative, which was launched as an explicit response to Donald Trump’s presidency.

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Indeed, a university press release on the initiative admits that “in light of the Trump presidency” the school “launched the undocumented student initiative to institutionalize resources for affected students last semester.”

The initiative itself was formed in response to demands from the Brown Immigrants Right Coalition (BIRC), an officially recognized student organization whose activism is “based upon the idea that no human being is illegal.”

Further, BIRC’s activism “led to Brown's decision to consider undocumented and DACA students as domestic applicants,” according to the undocumented student initiative’s website.

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The initiative’s “programs and collaborators provide access to counseling, legal support, financial advising, and create a space for the experience of each student,” while its staff offers “one-on-one advice and referral.”

As such, the successful applicant for Brown’s new advisory position will work closely with staff members on the initiative to start a “programing series that centers the experiences and narratives of undocumented and DACA students.”

Additionally, the new hire will be tasked with “fundraising for events” pertaining to illegal immigrant students, and will even be provided with a “budget,” though “limited,” to help kick-start such events.

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Finally, the student will be responsible for co-facilitating meetings of yet another resource for illegal immigrant students, the Undocumented Student Initiative Advisory Board, which hosts regular conversations on how the school can best support its illegal immigrant population.

Although the school prefers a candidate with interest, experience, and knowledge of “undocumented students issues,” only a “demonstrated commitment to social justice” is a must.

Campus Reform reached out to the university for additional comment on the matter, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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