The USP website functions as the central information hub for undocumented students and their families. An online presence allows the USP to have a wider reach and be more accessible.
Detailed information anytime from anywhere
In 2013, we developed an interactive and multilingual website that extends the USP’s outreach ability and expands our community-building potential. The website contains important resources, such as three introductory videos – one welcomes prospective students, another provides relevant information for parents, and the third is an informative video for leaders from other campuses seeking to learn more about USP’s model.
The website also includes detailed information about on-campus programs and services for undocumented students, including Financial Aid, Work Study, our Textbook-lending Library, the Food Pantry, and more. In addition, the site contains a community event calendar, access to research and work opportunities for students, legal updates, and relevant current affairs impacting the undocumented community.
A growing online community
The USP website is heavily trafficked. From July 2013 to September 2016 the site served over 47,000 users and had nearly 98,000 pageviews. Most of these users, about 78 percent, are first-time visitors.
In 2015, we overhauled the website to make it more user-friendly, and in 2016 we created this microsite to help administrators at other college campuses set up their own undocumented student programs based on our USP model.
Considerations for Getting Started
- Does your institution provide an online presence for undocumented students to connect and receive relevant information? Does it include information for parents?
- What information does the site require? – For example information about on-campus resources, a community event calendar, access to work opportunities for students, legal updates, relevant current affairs, and additional topics identified as important by the undocumented student community.
- Are there student groups and allies, including staff and faculty, who could provide recommendations on ways to improve a site for undocumented students?