School counselors working with undocumented students

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Undocumented students and their families constitute a large segment of the U.S. population. Research has shown that these students face many obstacles, especially as it relates to their academic, socio-emotional and career/college advancement. The authors discuss the various obstacles faced by undocumented students as they pursue public K–12 education and college access. School counselors are critical to undocumented students’ success; therefore, the authors describe several strategies to use when working with this population.


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Morrison, Stephaney S., Cynthia T. Walley, Carolina P. Perez, Sarai Rodriguez, Indra Halladeen, and Vanessa Burdier. "School counselors working with undocumented students." VISTAS 2016