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Navigate MN is a 10-year-old organization dedicated to build power in the Latinx community in the state of Minnesota. Navigate MN was created by college students who identified a growing need for the development of resources to help immigrant students pursue higher education in Minnesota. In its ten years of work, Navigate MN has expanded its work to include a variety of projects around education access for the immigrant and mixed status community including advocating for system change in public school districts, organizing for the passage of the MN Dream Act and other pro-immigrant and anti-poverty initiatives.

We are hiring for two positions both within the metro area.




Feb. 15: Taller de educacion financiera para la universidad/colegio (GRATIS!)

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Taller de educacion financiera para la universidad/colegio

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Minnesota State Grant
  • Minnesota Dream Act
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  • Prestamos
  • Completamente en español

Sabado 15 de Febrero 10:00am

EL Colegio High School
4137 Bloomington Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

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Navigate has a new team!

Exciting news!

Navigate is happy to announce the addition of two new members of our team: Liliana Cazanacli and Emilia Avalos, our new directors of programs and community engagement. They’ll be joining our college connector Isabel Durán, and we’re really very excited to have them on board.

Join us to celebrate tomorrow 11/8 at 6:00 at the Nuevo Rodeo Restaurant (2709 E Lake Street, Minneapolis). All are welcome.

In the meantime, here’s a little more about them:

liliana Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Liliana Cazanacli has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from MN State University with a specialization in Community Development from the Metropolitan State University-LISC partnership. She also holds a BS degree in Political Science and Government from the University of Rosario in Colombia and is certified in Non-formal Leadership and Monitoring of Social Programs from INDES- InterAmerican Bank, among other certifications.  She has more than 12 years of experience working with Latino and other immigrant and low-income communities. Liliana has been a member of the UN Association of MN, The Multicultural Health Coalition, The MN Cancer Alliance, The Latino Advisory Committee for the City of Minneapolis and The Hispanic Social Justice Ministry at St. Stephen Church.

emiliaEmilia Gonzalez Avalos is a long time NAVIGATE leader and volunteer. She is a Mexican immigrant. Born in Mexico City, raised in Irapuato, Gto. and Minnesota. She joined her father in Minnesota years after he left their town looking for better job opportunities and a better future for his family. Family separation, border consciousness and transnational economy  shaped her life to become an immigration activist, feminist, and advocate for human rights. She is member of the Richfield Human Rights Commission, co-director of Kalpulli Ketzalcoatlicue (Richfield and Bloomington  communities) student, mother, and artist. Until accepting this position, Emilia was the secretary of NAVIGATE’s board.


We’re hiring! Part-time Program Director

We’re excited to announce that we are hiring a part-time Program Director. The Program Director will be the primary staff person responsible for executing NAVIGATE’s programming, representing the organization in the community, and maintaining the organization’s office.

You can find the full description and application instructions here. Applications are due September 13.

Living the Dream – NAVIGATE Annual Conference for Un/documented Students & Allies

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Join us to continue to further MN’s immigrant students’ access to higher education, jobs, and legal status.

Living the Dream – NAVIGATE Annual Conference for Un/documented Students & Allies

October 12, 2013 – 9am-2:30pm

Metropolitan State University – Saint Paul Campus

700 7th Street East
Saint Paul, MN 55106

New Main building – Great Hall (Campus map) –

Public Transportation: Enter your address and “Metropolitan State University STP

9:00 Registration & Photo Booth (Founder’s Hall Reception Area)
9:30-9:45 Welcome (Founder’s Hall Auditorium)
9:45-10:10 Recognition of Graduated Undocumented Students by Alberto Fierro, Mexican Consul
10:15-11:30 Session 1 Workshops – various locations
11:30-1:00 LUNCH/ College Fair (Great Hall)
1:00-2:15 Session 2 Workshops – various locations
2:15-2:30 Closing (Founder’s Hall Auditorium)


  • Confidence and Job interviews. By Liliana Cazanacli, La Oportunidad
  • Telling your story. By Matt Musel “U of M”
  • Overview of the MN Dream Act & Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). By Ginny Dodds “MN Office of Higher Education” & John Keller “MN Immigrant Law Center”
  • Choosing College & Transfer credits. By Eduardo Gutierrez “Metropolitan State University”
  • Overview for Parents (in spanish)/ Nuestros Hijos, Nuestras Escuelas, Nuestro Futuro. By Isabel Duran “Navigate”
  • Undocuhealth: Mental health and challenges for immigrant families. By Amelia Yaurizela “APT”, Daniel Alberto Perez “The Family Partnership”, Emilia Avalos “Navigate”
  • What is Graduate School?: Demystifying the Graduate School Application Process. By Patricia Jones Whyte, Director, Office for Diversity in Graduate Education; Alfonso Sintjago, Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, La Raza Student Cultural Center; Idalia Robles De León, DGS Assistant, Feminist Studies, La Raza Student Cultural Center

Conference attendance is FREE of cost. Donations are encouraged. Email for an invoice or donate online:

We want to thank Metropolitan State University for hosting us and for the Citizens League, Aqui Para Ti, HCMC, & El Colegio High School for helping us to put this conference together.

Mn Senate to hear MN Dream Act II (March 14, 2013)

The Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee in the Minnesota Senate will be giving a hearing to the Mn Prosperity Act (aka Mn Dream Act II) Thursday March 14 at 3pm.

We need you to attend and show support for the dream of immigrant youth in MN! If you are able to attend, please wear your cap and gown to show solidarity for youth who want to stay in school, attend and graduate from college.

Sen. Pappas signing as author of the MN Dream Act IISen. Pappas signing as author of the MN Prosperity Act (Feb. 2010, NAVIGATE)

Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee Hearing on Prosperity Act:
Minnesota State Capitol
Room 123 Capitol
Thursday March 14, 3:00 – 5:30 pm

You can read more about the “Prosperity Act” here.

Sign up your organization as a public supporter! Become part of this list also to be updated and please share:

*Undocumented youth have decided to call this legislation from now on the “Prosperity Act.”

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MN Dream Act II introduced (Feb. 2013)

Senator Sandy Pappas along with Senators Patricia Torres-Ray, Richard Cohen, Melisa Franzen, and Jeff Haydan have introduced the Mn Dream Act II* in the MN Senate.

Representative Carlos Mariani with numerous state representatives, including GOP Rep. Jim Abeler, will be introducing the Mn Dream Act II in the MN House of Representatives.

Sen. Pappas signing as author of the MN Dream Act IISen. Pappas signing as author of the MN Dream Act II (Feb. 2010, NAVIGATE)

We are very excited for these new developments. The Dream Act was defeated in 2007, after passing both the Senate and House of Representatives, when Gov. Tim Pawlenty threatened to veto the Higher Education Omnibous bill that included it and rather signed a flat-rate tuition bill that did not mention undocumented students. We hope this year is different. Gov. Mark Dayton signaled during his campaign for governor that he supports the Dream Act.

For more details and why this is important for the future of young immigrants and the state of Minnesota, read, “Minnesota should pass the Dream Act II in 2013,” an essay from Juventino Meza, founding member of NAVIGATE and Program Assistant at the Citizens League:

Then join NAVIGATE’s Uriel Rosales, the MN Chamber of Commerce, and the Citizens League on 2/27 for a Capitol Solutions event and find out more about the Dream Act II and what we can do to expand access to higher education for immigrant students in MN:

Sign up your organization as a public supporter! Become part of this list also to be updated and please share:

*We are referring to the Mn Dream Act II because we already passed a flat-rate tuition bill that has benefited many undocumented students in MN and many more US citizens from across the country. Rep. Mariani is creditted for dubbing this piece of legislation as the MN Dream Act II.

#MnDreamActII #MnLeg

University of MN Graduate & Professional Student Assembly passes Resolution in Support of the DREAM Act On February 20, 2013, the University of MN Graduate & Professional Student Assembly voted unanimously in favor of the Resolution in Support of the DREAM Act.

You can read the resolution here: UofMGraduate School_ DREAMActResolution Spring 2013 (PDF)

Brittany Edwards, President of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, Masters in Public Policy Candidate, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, said that, “As leader of the graduate and professional students at a land grant institution in the 21st Century, we don’t just want undergraduate DREAMers, we want them applying to advanced degrees, to address the grand challenges facing Minnesota today.” Adding that, “Comprehensive implementation of the DREAM Act is a no-brainer. It is an equality and social justice issue for our students at UMN and nationwide, to be able to have the support they need to get an education.”

Alfonso Sintjago, Executive Vicepresident of GAPSA and Doctoral Candidate in CEHD said , “Passing the Dream Act is essential to ensure that every student has an equal opportunity and can contribute to improving the American economy. From personal experience, it was only due to a swimming scholarship that my brother and I were able to realize our goals of attending college in 2002 and 2003. While we were able to succeed and obtain a university degree, many others have been unable to attend college under similar circumstances as they are labelled “illegal.” He added, “I am committed along with other members of GAPSA to helping find ways for youth to achieve their dreams.”

Uriel Rosales, NAVIGATE Executive Director, was present during the vote and said that, “This is what leadership looks like. People who take the time to understand a complex issue and are willing to the what is best for the communities they represent. I thank their willingness to take hard decision and look forward to passing this this year.”

The University of Minnesota joins Augsburg College Day Student Government  that in the Spring of 2010 passed a resolution in support of the DREAM Act and Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

NAVIGATE supports the Federal DREAM Act and the MN Dream Act and we are working tirelessly to make both pass this year. If you would like to stay connected to this work, sign-up for updates here:

Actualidad Migratoria: Lo que los Mexicanos/Inmigrantes deben saber

Información recibida vía el Consulado de México en Saint Paul, MN:

Distintos actores políticos han presentado propuestas para lograr una reforma migratoria integral en Estados Unidos. Entre los elementos a discusión están el estatus de las personas indocumentadas que ya se encuentran en territorio estadounidense y los mecanismos para ordenar solicitudes hacia el futuro.

Recuerde, informarse ayuda a evitar fraudes y abusos.
Es muy importante mantenerse actualizado sobre este asunto. Por ello, el Consulado de México informa:

1. El proceso de discusión y análisis de la reforma migratoria está empezando en distintos foros, incluido el Congreso estadounidense. Todavía no se ha aprobado ninguna ley. No ha iniciado la recepción de ningún tipo de documento. No hay un nuevo trámite de registro establecido, ni se han definido cuotas a pagar.

2. Ninguna persona, abogado, notario o gestor ha sido autorizado para intervenir ante las autoridades, ni para iniciar trámites relativos a la reforma migratoria, como regularización, permiso de trabajo o tarjeta de residente (Green Card).

3. Procure informarse por medio de fuentes oficiales para evitar ser víctima de engaños o abusos. Si tiene dudas, o si alguien le ofrece ayuda para regularizar su situación migratoria, puede acercarse al Consulado de México para recibir orientación general y gratuita.

Hay leyes que prohíben las estafas de inmigración. Obtenga más información sobre las leyes en su estado y cómo denunciar fraudes en la siguiente página del Gobierno de Estados Unidos:

Consulado de Mexico en Saint Paul:797 7th St E
St Paul, MN 55106

Puedes encontrar el documento aqui (PDF): Feb. 15-2013 Volante Reforma Migratoria