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.
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.
Ashley Gonzales, Ph.D., Senior Director
Dr. Gonzales currently serves as the Senior Director of the Office of First Generation Transition & Mentoring Programs and the Office of Academic Enrichment, which are under the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement at Texas Tech University. In overseeing both offices, Dr. Gonzales is responsible for the oversight of academic and social program implementation, the recruitment and retention of First Generation College students, and continued community partnerships for the advancement of AVID in Higher Education through the Office of Academic Enrichment.
Dr. Gonzales has worked in higher education since 2010 and has served in various roles, which include institutional diversity, undergraduate education, student affairs, as well as recruitment and retention efforts for First Generation College students. Dr. Gonzales earned a Bachelor of Art's Degree in Communication Studies from Texas Tech University, a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Wayland Baptist University and obtained her Ph.D. in Higher Education Research at Texas Tech University. In addition to her current role in overseeing the office of First Generation Transition and Mentoring Programs, as well as the Office of Academic Enrichment, Dr. Gonzales also serves as the Foster Care Liaison for the University. Her research interest focuses on the parental influence and relationship among First Generation College students attending community colleges and universities.
• 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
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
• 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.