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Office of Equity, Social Justice and
Multicultural Education

Higher Education for AB540 Students (HEFAS)

Higher Education for AB540 Students(HEFAS) at De Anza College is an institutional and educational program that will provide resources, reduce financial stress, and create a safe learning environment for all students with an emphasis on undocumented/AB540.

It will implement a book loan program, peer advisors, and free access to resources; which will secure their educational success. We are dedicated to empower students, build leadership skills, promote social justice, and advocate for higher education.

Provide Resources
  • Scholarships        
  • Internships
  • Transfer Information and Aid (especially for schools who are AB540 friendly)                     
  • Book loan program
  • Peer advisors and free access to resources
  • Computer and free printing       
  • Safe place for support of a community
  • How to figure out college schedule and start strong(placement testing, educational planning)   
  • Connecting existing campus food programs to HEFAS
  • Providing materials (i.e. staplers, scissors, cantons/blue books etc.)
Reduce Financial Stress
  • Refer to payment plane
  • Stipends to student tutors
  • Establish  money and book loan program
  • Provide info on college services like ECO pass
  • Create a job list (career center)
Create a Safe Learning Environment
  • Keeping things confidential
  • Friendly environment
  • “Know your rights” workshops, constitutional rights red cards, police brutality awareness
  • Identifying community resources such as SIREN and DEBUG!
Empower Students
  • Build leadership skills
  • Build social and communication skills
  • Connect them into similar programs or clubs like IMASS
  • Encourage participation and “Undocumented and Unafraid” Mentality
  • ALWAYS! give opportunities to become and develop as leaders.
  • Provide with tools to develop their leadership skills
  • Create and show videos!
  • Leader of the Month
  • Volunteer of the Month
  • Tutor of the Month
Advocate for Justice
  • Bulletin and flyers from clubs, projects, or programs to make aware of their social justice events.
  • Encouraging the students to attend the events
  • Motivate people to be active in social work/justice that have to do with bettering our lives
  • Connecting students to existing on and off campus community partners
  • Workshops for students to engage and expand their knowledge (know your rights, E.N.D education not deportation, dead mob)
  • Materials that people can wear or display to raise awareness ( i.e.buttons to promote HEFAS)
  • HEFAS members will always be educating people on current issues related to undocumented students and immigration law/acts.
  • HEFAS social networks to connect with outer community (face-book, twitter)
If you would like to get involved with or need more information on HEFAS, please contact

Equity Office
Building:  ADM 105
Contact: Veronica Neal
Phone: 408.864.5338


Last Updated: 6/10/15