Post Election Activism Resources

This array of useful resources and information were compiled to assist in activism in the post-2016 election environment. Many continue to be useful. Use the tabs on the left to jump to each section.


Scholars at Risk (SAR) Student Advocacy Seminars

The Scholars at Risk (SAR) program presents a new handbook for the Student Advocacy Seminars, their experiential learning program for undergraduates at SAR member institutions.

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Twelve Ideas Post-Election From Front Line Organizers

By Loyola New Orleans Law Professor Bill Quigley, surveying many organizers for their ideas and wisdom.

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University and college presidents supporting a continuation and expansion of the DACA program

Over 350 college and university presidents, including Boston College President William Leahy, SJ, have signed this petition urging the continuation, and expansion, of the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, started by President Obama and expected to be in danger under President Trump.

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Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice

Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice: Moving from Actor to Ally to Accomplice.

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University Counseling Services

BC University Counseling Services (UCS) hosted a series of conversation hours for faculty and students in December 2016 to discuss feelings and fears after the election. UCS may be reached at 617-552-3310.

How to file an online report on bias-motivated incidents on campus

Bias-Motivated Conduct Incident Reporting, from the The Office of the Dean of Students

Access the bias-motivated incident page

NB: Login with BC credientials required to access.  Use format of your email address for user name, e.g.


Article: 10 Ways to Support Students Facing Immigration Crises

Written by Anita Casavantes Bradford, Laura E. Enriquez and Susan Bibler Coutin. This article appears on


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Ignatian Solidarity Network resources on Executive Orders on Immigration and Refugees

Features U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops statements; statements by the Jesuits of Canada and the United States; and more.

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BC Professor Cox Richardson speaks out on being targeted by "Professor Watchlist"

BC Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson responds vigorously in this article to her being placed on a right-wing "Professor Watchlist," refusing to have her views swayed by it and urging civic action by people of all political stripes in the US to preserve its best ideals.

Read Professor Cox Richardson's article here.

English for Speakers of Other Languages/Know Your Rights Tool Kit

English for Speakers of Other Languages/Know Your Rights (ESOL/KYR) Tool Kit

Center-developed ESOL modules incorporate concepts of human rights and legal rights of interest to undocumented people in the US. Includes introductory guide for teachers on how to use the modules, and introductory video.

Re-imagining Migration 

Re-imagining Migration’s mission is to advance the education and well-being of immigrant-origin youth, decrease bias and hatred against young people of diverse origins, and help rising generations develop the critical understanding and empathy necessary to build and sustain welcoming and inclusive communities.

We achieve this by enriching our understanding of human migration, leveraging educators as pivotal agents of change, and empowering young people as civic agents—the life force of vibrant democratic societies.

Resources for Teachers about Talking to Students

A list of relevant resources compiled by the Center.


IMMIGRATION POST-ELECTION Q & ADACA Students, “Sanctuary Campuses,” and Institutional or Community Assistance 

American Council on Education Briefing


Having Difficult Conversations with Children about the US Election: Tips for Immigrant Parents

Developed by Center visiting Scholar Kalina Brabeck, Associate Professor of Counseling, Educational Leadership and School Psychology at Rhode Island College and M. Brinton Lykes, Center Co-Director and Professor of Community-Cultural Psychology, Boston College.

Read this guidance in Spanish here:

Algunas ideas para los padres inmigrantes sobre como hablar con sus hijos/as de las elecciones en los Estados Unidos


Establishing Brave Spaces: The Roles of Safety and Comfort in Dialogue

A one-pager on creating an environment in which we feel safe sharing our views, our experiences, and ourselves. To learn from each other, we need an environment that allows us to open up, to feel safe challenging ourselves and challenging each other. Developed by The Program on Intergroup Relations - University of Michigan, 2008

Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump AgendaAvailable in English and Spanish.

Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen. Courtesy of the Indivisible Team.

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American Psychological Association - Immigration Enforcements and Children, Youth and Families

Informative articles exploring psychological effects of immigration enforcement such as detention and deportation on children and families. The following articles are available at the above link:

The effects of US immigration policies on children, youth and families
Empirical research documents how immigration policies affect children, youth and families, and recommendations are proposed for policy and practice.
By Kalina Brabeck, PhD, Center Visiting Scholar

A brief overview of US immigration laws affecting children, youth and families
US immigration policies and policy initiatives relevant to children, youth and families. 
By Jessica Chicco, Center PDHRP Supervising Attorney

The effects of parental undocumented status on families and children
Influence of parental undocumented status on the development of U.S.-born children in mixed-status families.
By Cecilia Menjívar and Andrea Gómez Cervantes

Understanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) impact on young adults’ well-being
Findings from the national UnDACAmented Research Project.
By Roberto G. Gonzales and Sarah A. Rendon-Garcia

Disrupting young lives: How detention and deportation affect US-born children of immigrants
Research on the impact of parental detention and deportation on U.S-born children
By Luis H. Zayas and Laurie Cook Heffron, PhD

Behavioral health of unaccompanied migrant youth: An unmet need
The Migrant Clinicians Network bridge case-management program.
By Ed Zuroweste, MD, Deliana Garcia, MA, and Claire Hutkins Seda

Immigration and its effect on children and families
APA offers resources on immigration. 
By Lauren Caldwell, JD, PhD

List of universities and their petitions around becoming "sanctuary schools"

A list of well over 100 universities with petitions regarding their participation as "sanctuary schools," and links to them to sign. (Some are restricted to members of affiliates of the schools.)

The list is maintained by a Facebook group on sanctuary schools, which may be found here.

It should be noted the the term "sanctuary school" does not have a fixed definition, and that each petition may differ in terms of what they are trying to offer or commit to.

Resources for starting a sanctuary school movement on campus 

A Google Doc with tips, petition templates, best practices and guidance for starting a sanctuary school movement on campus.

IMMIGRATION POST-ELECTION Q & ADACA Students, “Sanctuary Campuses,” and Institutional or Community Assistance
American Council on Education Briefing

NILC Resources: Model K-12 “Sanctuary”/Safe Zones Resolution Language. A group of advocacy organizations that includes NILC developed this language for K-12 school districts that are contemplating adopting protections for their immigrant students. Courtesy of the Natioinal Immigration Law Center.

NILC Resources: Model College and University “Sanctuary”/Safe Zones Resolution Language. This language was developed for individual colleges/universities or college/university systems that wish to protect immigrant students. Courtesy of the Natioinal Immigration Law Center.