Loyola Stritch’s effort to help Dreamers could benefit entire communities

When Diana Andino first started researching medical school — something she had been working toward for years — she hit a brick wall.

Andino, who was born in Ecuador, is undocumented. Most of the schools she considered or contacted wouldn’t take her because she didn’t have a Social Security number and wouldn’t be legally eligible to work. She kept preparing anyway, finishing her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston in 2011 and volunteering at clinics.

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