Refugee and Immigrant Supports in Education (RISE-SF)
Artist: Joel Bergner; reprinted with permission.

Refugee and Immigrant Supports
in Education
Formerly Caminos

Angelina Romano, MSW/PPS
cell: 415-890-5324
office: 415-242-2615
fax: 415-242-2618

Se habla español



  • Every child has the right to feel safe and supported at school
  • Immigrant youth and families thrive when they maintain a connection to their culture of origin
  • Schools are a community resource and should strive to ensure the provision of culturally, socially, and linguistically equitable support services to all families

Program Goals

To ensure equitable access to education for Latino newcomers:

  • School Sites
    • District-Wide Support and Coordination - Training, Consultations, Resources, and Linkages: Ensuring district-wide programs and school site staff are coordinated in their efforts; Creating and disseminating up to date resources and information; Increasing district-wide knowledge through professional development workshops and presentations for staff and community members; Building capacity at school sites to ensure equity in distribution of school resources; Aggregating, creating, and disseminating “best practices” in delivering support services
  • Students and Families
    • Student Legal Coordination: Coordinating referrals for legal support and representation
    • Community Building and Advocacy: Operating as a point of contact for local and state entities for support issues related to newcomer students and families; Engaging community stakeholders in creating sustainable collaborations with school sites to meet community needs; Promote and advocate for equity in educational, legal, and health rights
    • Sustainability and Growth: Leveraging funds and allies to ensure the continued existence of a district-wide support services program for the newcomer immigrant community

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