Supporting Students New to America

Important Announcements:

Inclusive Enrollment & Refugee Vaccinations
Learn more about school enrollement and refugee vaccinations.

Seal of Biliteracy
The Seal of Biliteracy is an award issued by the state department of education or local district to recognize a student who has attained proficiency in English and one or more other World Languages (Second Language) by high school graduation. Application example (pdf) from Murry District.

Utah Refugee Education and Training Center
The Utah Refugee Education and Training center has an up to date calendar of upcoming events as well and ongoing program information that is a helpful resource for educators.


Christelle Estrada, Ph.D.
Education Specialist:
Title III/Immigrant/Refugee Support
Student Advocacy Services
Federal Programs (ESSA)

(801) 538-7888

The Utah State Board of Education is committed to Educational Equity as a priority to ensure academic success for every student. As a result the Student Advocacy Service Department focuses resources on English Learners, Refugees and Immigrant students.


The Goal:
The goal of the site is to orient Utah educators, local agencies and support staff about school integration as new students begin their lives in Utah.

Definition of Refugee:
According to the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, held by world governments in Geneva in 1951, a refugee is someone who "owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country." This definition includes people who have experienced persecution because of political beliefs or religious activities or because they are members of a particular ethnic group. The definition does not include people who are fleeing economic hardship or are victims of earthquakes, famines, floods, and other kinds of natural disasters. These people may be deserving of humanitarian assistance or they may be admitted to the United States as immigrants, but they are not considered refugees.

Models of Mentoring:

Watch the latest mentoring video featuring Natalie Craven with Catholic Community Services. Learn more about Models of Mentoring