Dream Resource Center
Welcome to the Dream Resource Center (DRC)
The purpose of the Dream Resource Center is to provide an extensive collection of services that enable undocumented students to overcome academic and personal challenges while also experiencing campus inclusion, parallelism, and academic attainment in their educational endeavors at Texas Tech University.
The Dream Resource Center (DRC) is an area where students have the opportunity to access peer mentor support, mental health resources, and supplemental advising. In addition, students also benefit from program resources such as computer stations, course materials, and academic and social integration workshop sessions. The DRC serves as a place where international, undocumented, DACA –eligible students can create and develop a sense of community which has a tremendous impact on how students experience Texas Tech University.
TTU Dream Resource Center Mission
The mission of the Dream Resource Center is to serve as a voice and vision, recommend and oversee educational advancement, and provide additional campus resources for undocumented students. Our goal is to advocate for the progression and accessibility of undocumented students in their pursuit of higher education by fostering an inclusive academic environment that will assist undocumented students in degree completion at Texas Tech University.
Dream Resource Center Staff
Arthur Valiant, Director
Arthur Valiant currently serves as the Director of the Office of First Generation Transition & Mentoring Programs and the DREAM Resource Center under the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Texas Tech University. Mr. Valiant is responsible for the oversight of academic and social program implementation, as well as the recruitment and retention of First Generation College students.
Arthur has spent his career working in support of First Generation College students. Before transitioning into higher education, he taught at Hanks High School in El Paso, Texas. Since then, he has served in various roles throughout Texas and New York City, most recently as project director of the TRIO Department at Brooklyn College. Mr. Valiant has obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The University of Texas at El Paso, and a master's degree in Urban Education from The City University of New York. He is looking forward to earning his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration to better serve First Generation College students at Texas Tech and throughout the country. Guns Up!
TTU Campus Partners
- First Generation Transition & Mentoring Programs
- Mentor Tech
- Office of Academic Enrichment
- Office of Admissions
- Student Counseling Center
- Office of the Dean of Students
- Parent and Family Relations
- Student Legal Services
- TRIO Student Support Services
- Women's Studies
Resources for educators, students, and families
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) & Educators
DREAM Educational Empowerment Program, UWD
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
National Immigration Law Center
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Educators for Fair Consideration
United We Dream
How to Find Us
- Office location
Doak Hall, 109
- Appointment times and contact
Appointments can be made by phone or in-person. Drop-in appointments are available on a first-come first-serve basis.
Contact: Ashley Marie Gonzales, Ph.D.
- Map of office in relation to Texas Tech University
Undocumented students will receive support to assist in the transition to the university, supplemental advising, opportunities to attend academic workshops, weekly tutorial sessions, and explore academic majors. In addition, students will also gain exposure in discovering career options and prepare for life during college and after graduation. As well, academic coaches will work with students to manage any extenuating circumstances or unexpected academic or personal challenges that may impact their studies, while helping them progress toward degree completion.
Mental Health Services
Through a collaborative effort with the Student Counseling Center, the DRC will provide intervention for undocumented students. Such interventions will be anonymous: visits are tallied, but student data is not collected. As the college experience of some of these students is also affected by future uncertainty, and how culturally sensitive their new college environment may be and whether they will experience discrimination, creating opportunities for students to seek assistance without needing to fill out forms or make an appointment helps decrease stigma and cultivates trust, ensuring students get needed support.
Legal Resources and Support
As much as possible, the DRC will help connect DACA students with legal professionals. The DRC is working with the Equal Justice Center (out of Austin) to host workshops for DACA Students—details will be forthcoming.