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Dominican-Teach For America Partnership Reaches Undocumented Population

Friday, January 31, 2014

Samina Hadi-Tabassum, associate professor in the School of Education, was featured in an article about Teach For America's policy of accepting undocumented students into its ranks.

“This decision reflects our belief that if you’re brought to the U.S. as a child, you should be able to pursue an education without fear of deportation and have a path to contribute to American society through achievement in education," Hadi-Tabassum said.

It's a subject of interest to Hadi-Tabassum, who came to America in the 1970's with her South Asian parents not speaking English and who attended schools for many years as an undocumented student. She also has taught undocumented students enrolled at Dominican in partnership with Teach for America.

Teach for America is a national teacher corps of college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years and raise student achievement in public schools.

Dominican is one of the organization's largest partners in the Chicago area, with program participants enrolling in graduate education programs to earn teaching licensure while working in underprivileged schools.

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