Undocumented and DACA Students
The Division of Student Life strives to develop an awareness and understanding of the experiences of undocumented and DACA students (while maintaining the confidentiality of individual students) and to develop campus resources and processes to address needs related to academic, social, and personal well-being.
As President Assanis has stated, “UD welcomes all who are here to learn, teach, discover and serve. Our diversity strengthens us and defines us as a community of scholars and global citizens. Whatever our language or culture, we are united by our abiding commitment to scholarship and our love of learning. We are committed to cultivating an environment of inclusive excellence through our programs, curriculum and institutional culture.”
University services are available to students regardless of immigration or citizenship status. These include admissions decisions, financial aid, the protection and security provided by the UD Police Department, Student Health Services, Center for Counseling and Student Development, on-campus housing, emergency housing, new student orientation, internships, and research programs.
The Division of Student Life seeks to advise undocumented and DACA students and advocate for their individual and community-level needs. There are multiple units within the Division that can serve as a place where you can have private conversations about your experience and identity. As awareness of our undocumented and DACA student population increases, university services are growing. Below is a list of some resources that you may find helpful as an undocumented or DACA status student:
UD President Assanis’ Messages on DACA
Perspective on the DACA announcement (PDF)(9/2017)
Center for Counseling & Student Development
(CCSD) – Confidential Resource
CCSD provides confidential and private counseling. CCSD will not report who uses their services or the content of therapy sessions without an individual student’s permission. Services are “pre-paid” as part of your tuition and fees and accessible to all students.
Office of the Dean of Students
The Office of the Dean of Students champions the holistic wellbeing of all students at the University of Delaware. They are the central resource for students, parents, faculty, and staff when navigating complex issues of the student experience. They facilitate student success by working alongside students to develop self-advocacy skills, encourage campus engagement, and provide thoughtful interventions. Undocumented and DACA students should know this office is an affirming space where they can get support in relation to their campus experience.
Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)
OISS primarily works with students studying in the United States with a student visa, but additional information about DACA is available on their website.
FERPA/Privacy of your information at UD
FERPA is a federal law that governs how UD will or will not give out your private information to others, including the government. There are choices you can make to further restrict the privacy of your information. Check out your options here.
Blue Hen Success Grant
For some advanced students (i.e., junior or senior) who may be facing a small gap towards closing in on the payment of tuition, the possibility of a Blue Hen Success Grant may be helpful for you to explore.
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Sites
As of Sept. 5, 2017:
• USCIS is no longer accepting initial requests for DACA, but will adjudicate initial requests for DACA accepted by Sept. 5, 2017
• USCIS will no longer approve advance parole requests associated with DACA
• USCIS is only adjudicating DACA renewal requests received by Oct. 5, 2017, from current beneficiaries whose benefits will expire between Sept. 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018.
Though the University does not endorse any particular external resource or guarantee their services, we recognize that there are many resources in our surrounding communities and throughout our region/country that are interested in advocating for undocumented and DACA status students. Here is a short sample of some of those:
My Undocumented Life
Education-specific resources including information about scholarships and education.
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
Aids low-income immigrant students in their pursuit of a U.S. college education.
Immigration Advocates Network
The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is a collaborative effort of leading immigrants’ rights organizations designed to increase access to justice for immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them. IAN promotes more effective and efficient communication, collaboration, and services among immigration advocates and organizations by providing free, easily accessible and comprehensive online resources and tools.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Works and educates immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people.
National Immigration Law Center
Dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.
Law firm specializing in delivering pro bono legal services.
United We Dream
The largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation.