Student Org PODER



Established in 2008, PODER (Providing Opportunities, Dreams and Education in Riverside) supports and advocates for AB 540/undocumented students at UC Riverside. As an organization of undocumented students and allies, its mission is to educate the UCR and Riverside community about state and federal legislations affecting undocumented students.

The Goals of PODER:

  • Educate the community about Assembly Bill 540, CA DREAM Act, Deferred Action and immigration reform
  • Assist and provide mentorship to undocumented students in the transition from high school or community college
  • Provide financial assistance through scholarships and/or other resources
  • Provide an environment where undocumented students can feel at home with a group of people who understand their struggle

PODER Provides Presentations and Legal Clinics

  • PODER provides presentations on DACA, AB 540, CA DREAM Act and the experience of undocumented students. PODER can conduct presentations on- or off-campus. PODER is happy to present at middle schools, high schools, community colleges and community events. For more information on presentations, please contact us at
  • PODER also offers legal clinics for Deferred Action. For more information on legal clinics, add us on Facebook. 

PODER's Annual Events

The Empowering Dreams Conference
PODER’s annual  Empower Dreams Conference provides students with information about AB 540, CA DREAM Act, DACA, access to higher education and immigration reform. This conference is open to students, parents and educators. It is generally held during the month of November. For more information, please contact us at

Keeping Dreams Alive: Raising Dollars for Scholars Banquet
PODER’s annual Keeping Dreams Alive: Raising Dollars for Scholars Banquet helps raise scholarship funds for undocumented students at UCR. The banquet is held during spring quarter. Scholarship applications are available during the winter quarter. For sponsorship opportunities or for more information, please contact us at

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