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DACA and Undocumented Student Services

DePauw recognizes the challenges that students with personal or family immigration concerns face and the impact they can have on students' ability to complete their education, access opportunities and feel a sense of community. To that end, DePauw's Center for Diversity and Inclusion provides the following direct support, advocacy and educational opportunities for our campus community.

student support 

Current students - Students who have personal or family immigration concerns and need assistance with academic issues, financial aid or other University issues can connact the CDI for personal and confidential support. The CDI can serve as an advocate in students navigate processes with faculty members, staff members, the Petitions Committee and other committees and offices on and off campus. 

Prospective students - DePauw welcomes applications from all prospective students. Any student who has questions about applying to DePauw and their immigration status should contact Loutfi Jirari, Associate Dean for Student Academic Life and Director of International Recruitment. You can find additional application information for prospective students in DACA status and prospective students in undocumented immigration status on these webpages.

You can find Loutfi in Admission and Financial Aid, located in the Emison Building at 204 East Seminary Street, at loutfijirari@depauw.edu or (765) 658-4547. 

Institutional level – Center for Diversity and Inclusion staff participate in strategic planning to provide proactive support to DACA and Undocumented students, as well as provide ongoing diversity and inclusion educational programming for all of campus.

Community

Define American DePauw Chapter- This group serves as a student group dedicated to addressing national, local, and campus immigration policy and barriers that exist for undocumented and DACA recipients.

Legal resources

Mexican Consulate of Indianapolis - Free information, resources and events for Mexican citizens, including free legal services three days a week. 

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic of Indianapolis - Provides a wide range of free and reduced cost immigration, family and other legal services. 

Safety Planning Guide - This resource from the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic provides recommendations for undocumented individuals and families to be prepared if they or a family member are detained or deported.

Map of Indiana's legal aid immigration organizations - Those that providing free or reduced cost legal services.

National Immigration Legal Services Directory - The National Immigration Legal Services Directory is a joint project of the Immigration Advocates Network and Pro Bono Net. 

Educational Resources

Educators United to Protect Immigrants and Refugees - Resources and tools for educators who want to do more inside and outside the classroom to build awareness about and take action to support immigrants and refugees in the US and on their campuses.

National Immigration Law Center - Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

Know Your Rights (variety of resources) - Learn about individuals are and are not required to do during interactions with law enforcement or federal agents. This resource includes a printable, wallet-size reference card.

Know Your Rights & Family Preparation Guide 

Recent Questions and Answers about DACA under President Trump's administration.

Educators for Fair Consideration - Educators For Fair Consideration (E4FC) provides comprehensive resources for undocumented young people in their pursuit of college, career and citizenship, including guides to undergraduate and graduate scholarships.

Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance - The Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance, Inc. (IUYA), is a youth-led 501(c)3 non-profit agency committed to empowering undocumented youth to achieve high levels of education, influence public policy, and overall improve the quality of life of undocumented communities in the state of Indiana.

National Immigration Justice Center - Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. With offices in Chicago, Indiana, and Washington, D.C., NIJC provides direct legal services to and advocates for these populations through policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. Since its founding three decades ago, NIJC has been unique in blending individual client advocacy with broad-based systemic change.

United We Dream - United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Its nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. The organization advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.

scholarship

United States Hispanic Leadership Institute's Dr. Juan Andrare Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders is open to DACA and Undocumented applicants. More information about application deadline and eligibility can be found on their website.