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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.

Advocacy and student support 

Current students - Students who have personal or family immigration concerns and need assistance with academic issues, financial aid or other University issues should contact Aliza Frame, Director of International Student Services and Student Immigration Advocate. Aliza meets with individual students to learn about their situation and inform them about options and resources. Aliza serves as the official advocate who helps students navigate processes with faculty members, staff members, the Petitions Committee and other committees and offices. 

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.

DACA and Undocumented Student Support Advisory Board - Students, staff and faculty can be nominated or voluntarily join this board that gathers regularly to provide feedback on the support this program provides and suggest future directions.  Center for Diversity and Inclusion staff take issues raised by this group to administrators responsible for institutional policies and diversity and inclusion initiatives. 

Programs and events - find community, learn more and take action

DREAMing Together - This series features film screenings and talks by DePauw alumni, community leaders and student panelists who share their experiences living, studying and working in the US in DACA and Undocumented status. These events provide opportunities for education and for exploring how we can create a supportive environment for students in our community who are impacted by their personal or family members’ immigration status. DREAM TOGETHER also features information sessions on legal updates and resources, financial aid, employment, scholarships and study abroad.

Multicultural Week of Welcome - This week, August 28 – September 1, features a social gathering each day where students who identity with different identity-based communities can come together to meet, build relationships with faculty and staff allies, and learn more about resources and events happening throughout the year. Community socials featured in the 2017 Multicultural Week are: the African American/Black Community, Latinx Community, Asian Pacific Islander Desi-American (APIDA) Community, LGBTQIA+ Community, and DACA and Undocumented Community. 

Immigration Action Now - Monthly tabling around campus to raise awareness and provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to engage politically by writing letters to their Congressional representatives, sign petitions, and contribute to campus art projects. 

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.