Héctor Peralta '16 is a transnational second-generation immigrant and first-generation American. We talked about his experiences having grown up near the US-Mexico border and we realized the importance of highlighting silenced narratives of undocumented immigrants, both on campus and beyond. It is these lived experiences that student groups, such as the Brown Immigrant Rights Coalition, have worked to uplift and empower in the recent push for admission reform.
Students in the past year have made significant strides in pushing the University to reform its Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, making sure that students from underrepresented backgrounds can and will have a place of support on campus. As a result of student efforts, the University has made stronger efforts in making Brown a more accessible community.
On September 13th, 2016, Brown announced in a press release that it will classify DACA-status and undocumented students as domestic applicants beginning fall 2017. This means that they will be admitted via need-blind admission policy rather than an originally need-aware basis. Meeting full demonstrated financial need for undocumented students is a significant step in the University's efforts in building diversity and inclusion outreach through the admissions process.