One of the biggest hot-button issues in higher education today is how to best assist our undocumented students. When host Chris D’Orso came across Undocumented a few weeks ago, we knew Admissions Live had to check it out.

With over a decade of experience serving on admissions and enrollment conference planning committees, host Chris D’Orso knows one of the topics that is consistently among the most important is working with undocumented students. While it remains a nationwide issue, helping undocumented students navigate the American higher education system is especially challenging where Chris is based in New York, a city where the diversity among the high school population is incredible.

Join the conversation live with Dan-el Padilla Peralta, the author of Undocumented


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Episode Host

Chris D'Orso

Chris D’Orso is the assistant director of enrollment communications for Stony Brook University, coordinating social media outreach for one of the top-ranked public research universities in the northeast. Chris is a State University of New York lifer; he has a BA from SUNY Geneseo in communications, and worked as the acting director of student activities at Finger Lakes Community College and as an admissions counselor/orientation director at SUNY Old Westbury before joining Stony Brook University as an assistant director of admissions in 2005. He’s a husband and father, a Mets fan and baseball card collector, and the halftime voice of the Spirit of Stony Brook marching band during football games. Chris also got his butt kicked on “Jeopardy!” in 2009. He earned his MS in college student development at Long Island University.


Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Dan-el Padilla Peralta came to the United States with his family at the age of four. He received his BA summa cum laude from Princeton University, where he was chosen salutatorian of the class of 2006. He received his MPhil from the University of Oxford and his PhD in classics from Stanford University. He is currently a Mellon Research Fellow at Columbia University.