My name is Carolina Valdivia. I was born in Mexicali, Baja California and have lived in the United States since I was 12 years old. I am currently DACAmented after benefitting from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) a few months after its implementation on November of 2012.
On May of 2011 I received a Bachelor’s in Sociology, B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies, and a minor in Spanish from California State University of San Marcos (CSUSM). Most recently, I completed my Master’s in Sociology at San Diego State University (SDSU). Currently, I am a first year doctoral student in Education at Harvard University. I hope to ultimately become a scholar-activist, and continue advocating for social justice and positive social change.
My pursuit of higher education has always been connected to my involvement in the community through my research and community organizing.
I have been a community organizer for over seven years now. Prior to helping form, and organize in, the San Diego Dream Team (SDDT- an amazing undocumented youth led community organization), I served as president of Standing Together As oNe Dream (another amazing undocumented youth led organization) at CSUSM.
In addition to my community organizing, I have also served as research assistant of several projects supervised by faculty at CSUSM, SDSU, University of Chicago, and UC San Diego. I have conducted research on undocumented immigrant youth online and offline activism, working conditions of taxi drivers in San Diego, political incorporation of undocumented youth, educational experiences of undocumented students, undocumented youth-led organizations, and more. Most recently, I served as senior research fellow at United We Dream, where I contributed to the establishment of the network’s research institute and implementation of our first research project, “In Their Own Words: A Nationwide Survey of Undocumented Millennials“
Much of my research, teaching, and community organizing center on the areas I am most passionate about- immigration, education, policy-making, community organizing, and social movements.
I started blogging about my experiences in 2011 as a way to share helpful information and resources with fellow undocumented migrants and allies. In this blog you will find information about pursuing higher education, conducting research, organizing, writing, and more. As an undocumented graduate student myself, I am well aware that pursuing our dreams while undocumented is not easy. I also do not believe that because I made it this far, anyone can make it. We all go through different circumstances that facilitate or hinder our journeys. However-
It is my hope that this free-of-charge blog will be helpful in several facets of your own life, whether you’re also undocumented or an ally. I hope my blog can encourage some of you to begin or continue your educational pursuits and contribution to positive social change. I intend for my blog to add to the ongoing conversations about international migration, policies, social movements, and related topics.
Disclaimer: All opinions in this blog are mine alone (unless otherwise stated) and they do not represent any organization I have or am currently involved in. Posts in this blog should also not be taken as legal advice.