President Biden’s Immigration Actions in His First 100 Days

By: Seth Morer President Joe Biden took office on January 20th, 2021 and has already begun to reshape America’s immigration policy.  Over the last two months, the new Commander-in-Chief ordered an overhaul of our immigration system. He has issued eight separate Executive Orders on immigration, and in early February, along with House Democrats, he issued a full legislative proposal.  We …

Aging Matters

Dr. Emma Violand Sanchez featured on Aging Matters Local program ‘Aging Matters’ featured Dream Project’s founder and chair Dr. Emma Violand Sanchez. In this interview Dr. Violand Sanchez talks about her life experiences growing up in a family of six kids and about her desire to help underserved communities. Dr. Violad-Sanchez was a teacher and administrator in Arlington Public Schools …

Eternally grateful to be a Dream Scholar

By: Karen Vallejos Corrales, Dream Project Alumna I immigrated to the United States at the age of five and grew up here in Virginia. I was undocumented, and I along with many other dreamers, grew up in a time before President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and constricting Virginia state laws. Back then, my greatest desire was …

5 Golden Days of Giving

This year would have been the 10th anniversary of the Dream Project’s first holiday dinner fundraiser, which helped raise scholarship funds for our four original scholars in 2010. However, due to COVID-19 safety concerns and gathering restrictions, we opted for a virtual fundraiser in lieu of the traditional in-person event. This celebration, entitled “5 Golden Days of Giving,” featured video …

Dream Summit 2020 – What We Learned

Written by: Carlos Puerta Even though the Dream Summit was virtual this year, there was a lot to learn—both from past and present. Here are the key things we learned: Accessibility was key Transitioning to online helped our students join in record numbers. Shorter workshops spread out throughout an entire week plus shorter workshops made it easy for our students …

VIEWPOINT: Advocate for the DREAM Act

July 19, 2020 by Abel Flores Leave a Comment In August 2001, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) (SFS ’66, LAW ’69) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act in the U.S. Senate. The DREAM Act would create a process for undocumented students to apply for conditional residency, eventually leading to permanent residency. The …

Uncancelled Concert 2020

To kick off the Fourth of July weekend this year, the Dream Project imagined our ever-popular benefit concert within the confines of our new, digital world. Rather than cancel the event completely, we instead invited performers from previous years and a few of our own musically-inclined scholars to submit recordings. These recordings, along with messages from Emma Violand-Sanchez, Founder and …

Reflection on the SCOTUS Decision on DACA

By Lizzette Arias, Executive Director, Dream Project and Victoria Gonzalez, Senior Intern, Dream Project Background of the Case In June 2012, President Barack Obama established DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). This executive order followed various failed attempts to pass the DREAM Act in Congress. At the same time, the Dream Project had just awarded its second round of renewable …