R.I.S.E. provides support services, leadership training and promotes collective empowerment of AB540 students at UC Berkeley to fight and organize for equal access and affordable higher education
R.I.S.E. envisions a country in which all students have access to higher education regardless of immigration status and where local and national policies respect the dignity and rights of the immigrant community
The purpose of R.I.S.E. is to increase the number of immigrant students attending college by providing academic support and being a resource on campus and communities. R.I.S.E. seeks to ensure that AB540 students at UC Berkeley have academic and financial support to complete their academic endeavors. Furthermore R.I.S.E. strives to ensure that high school and community college immigrant students receive adequate information when transitioning to college.
AB 540 refers to Assembly Bill 540 passed in 2001. Assembly member and author Marco Antonio Firebaugh made it possible for students who were brought as children to the U.S. without a visa to pay instate tuition at public universities provided they meet additional residency criteria.