Undocumented/DACAmented

Welcome

At the University of Chicago, we are committed to creating a diverse campus community. All students who apply, regardless of citizenship are considered for admission and for every type of private financial aid the University offers.

The University of Chicago has, from its inception, been a place where the best and brightest minds from around the world can gather to shape, ideas, produce new knowledge, and contribute to the betterment of human life. Our community has been deliberately inclusive, because it is from the widest possible range of perspectives and viewpoints that the most innovative ideas can be proposed, tested and debated. We are committed to assembling a community of talented individuals regardless of their backgrounds, finanical circumstances, or national origins. This commitment is further discussed in President Zimmer's statement on diversity, posted at diversity.uchicago.edu.

In this context, the University of Chicago considers for admission students from around the world. All students who apply, regardless of citizenship, are considered for admission to the University and for every type of private financial aid which the University offers.  In accordance with the law, the University admits and enrolls undocumented students and uses private funds to provide financial aid to support their studies.

The Undocumented Student Ally Training provides participants with tools, and promising practices to support undocumented communities, with a focus on UChicago students. Open to members of the campus community who identify as allies or would like to be identified as allies, including students, administrators, and educators.

During spring quarter 2020, the general session will be paused. More information on alternatives to the training will be shared as they are confirmed. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact flinetwork@uchicago.edu with general questions regarding best practices to support undocumented students.

  • For questions specific to undergraduate undocumented students, please contact CCSS Director Devon Moore (devonmoore@uchicago.edu). 
  • For questions specific to graduate/professional undocumented students, please contact SSS Director Ireri Rivas (mirivas@uchicago.edu). 

Autumn 2020

Immigrant Know Your Rights, DACA Updates, and Pro Bono Legal Consultations 

Tuesday, October 27

4-5:30 p.m. (4-5 p.m. presentation, 5-5:30 legal consultations)

Zoom | Register here 

This event is a partnership between the National Immigrant Justice Center, the UChicago Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, the Center for College Student Success, Student Support Services, and the DACA/Immigration Working Group.  

Representatives from the National Immigrant Justice Center will debrief the most recent news regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and will lead a Know Your Rights (KYR) presentation. The KYR presentation will help you learn about your rights, no matter what your immigration status is, prepare an action/safety plan, and identify and report incidents with law enforcement. The workshop will also help provide important tips about legal consultations and connecting with immigrant rights organizations. 

Following the presentation, UChicago Law School's Immigrants’ Rights Law Clinic will offer pro bono immigration legal consultations by request only.

Summer 2020: 

DACA: Understanding the Supreme Court Opinion and the Program's Future

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
12-1 PM CST
View the recorded session with the link above.
Moderator: 

  • Aziz Huq, Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law, Mark Claster Mamolen Teaching Scholar, The University of Chicago

Panelists: 

  • Nicole Hallett, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School
  • Javier Maupomé, Consul for Protection and Legal Affairs, Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago
  • Audra Passinault, DePaul University Asylum and Immigration Legal Clinic

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Spring 2020: 

  • Butterfly Support Group (Virtual)

    • The Butterfly Support Group is a confidential, non-judgmental, and safe space for students who would like to gain support and insight on dealing with the stressors surrounding immigration policy and changes that may impact you or your family. For the spring quarter we will transition to virtual meetings. Each meeting will focus on a topic around a mental health issue or concern. The topics can be adjusted depending on members’ needs or requests. We hope you can join us for community and support!
    • Contact SSS (call 773.702.2435 or mirivas@uchicago.edu) to sign up or join a meeting.
    • Dates: 
      • Monday, April 13 | Coping with Transitions & Adjustment
      • Monday, April 27 | Managing Uncertainty & Anxiety
      • Monday, May 11 | Connecting With Others & Expressing Needs 
      • Monday, June 1 | Increasing Resiliency & Self-Care
    • Time: 4-5 PM

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Winter 2020: 

  • Butterfly Support Group 
    • The Butterfly Support Group is a confidential, non-judgmental, and safe space for students who would like to gain support and insight on dealing with the stressors surrounding immigration policy and changes that may impact you or your family.
    • Contact SSS (call 773.702.2435 or stop by the 2nd floor of CI+I) for full details.
    • Dates: 
      • January 13 
      • January 27 
      • February 10 
      • February 24 
    • Time: 4-5 PM
  • Undocumented Student Ally Training
    • The Undocumented Student Ally Training provides participants with tools and promising practices to support undocumented communities, with a focus on UChicago students. Open to members of the campus community who identify as allies or would like to be identified as allies.
    • Registration for general session: http://bit.ly/SSSAllyTraining
    • Date: Friday, February 7, 2020
    • Contact us to request a training at a different time: flinetwork@uchicago.edu

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Fall 2019: 

  • DACA Updates and Know Your Rights 
    • 11/20/19 5-7
    • Representatives from the National Immigrant Justice Center will detail the recent news regarding the DACA program and will lead a Know Your Rights presentation. Legal screenings are available upon request in registration link.
    • Register Here
  • Butterfly Support Group 
    • The Butterfly Support Group is a confidential, non-judgmental, and safe space for students who would like to gain support and insight on dealing with the stressors surrounding immigration policy and changes that may impact you or your family. To get involved please email: mirivas@uchicago.edu
      • October 23 | Meet and greet
      • October 30 | First meeting
      • November 13 | Second meeting
      • November 20 | Third meeting
      • December 4 | Final meeting

Below are a few resources that might be of interest to undocumented students and communities. The links shared are for informational purposes, please confirm the accuracy of the resource directly with the provider.

The DACA Working Group currently includes the following members (in alphabetical order by last name):

Régine D. Enuson, Assistant Dean of Students in the College and Director of College Programming

Michael Hayes, Chair of the DACA Working Group, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Campus and Student Life

James Heller, Director, Undergraduate Financial Aid

Devon Moore, Director, Center for College Student Success

Beth Niestat, Executive Director, UChicagoGRAD Administration & Policy

Ireri Rivas, Director, Student Support Services

Elizabeth L. Shanin, Senior Associate General Counsel, Office of Legal Counsel

Nickolas Seamons, Director, Office of International Affairs

Rachael Ward, Deputy Director, Career Advancement and Director, Student Services 

UChicago's Support of Undocumented Students

The University of Chicago has a long tradition of seeking and admitting the best and brightest students. The links below include a compilation of statements UChicago has issued addressing and supporting the admission and enrollment of undocumented students on campus.

At the University of Chicago, we welcome the brightest minds and boldest thinkers of tomorrow to our campus, regardless of their financial background.  Undocumented and DACAmented prospective students interested in attending the University of Chicago are encouraged to apply for admission.  You are welcome to attend a free UChicago session in your area to hear more information on the selective admissions process and how to apply for financial aid.

The University of Chicago is deeply committed to ensuring that students from every background, regardless of financial need, will find a home here. We offer need-based financial aid that meets 100% of your family’s demonstrated need, as well as merit scholarships. The No Barriers program allows UChicago students to graduate debt-free and prepared for lifelong success—no matter their chosen major or background prior to enrolling in The College. We will work with your family to create a comprehensive aid package that fits your circumstances and ensures that a UChicago education is within your reach. Learn more about the grants, scholarships, and programs that help families like yours thrive in the UChicago community.

Prospective applicants to the College should send inquires to Veronica Hauad, Deputy Director of Admissions/Deputy Director for Access, Affordability, and Inclusion at hauadv@uchicago.edu or 773.834.0304.

At the graduate level, the University of Chicago is characterized by its unique organizational structure, with more than 100 graduate programs in five graduate divisions and seven professional and continuing education schools.

Both graduate research and professional training have been part of UChicago's history from nearly the beginning. As a student in any one of these programs, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of academic and co-curricular offerings across campus, and to be part of a graduate student body nearly 10,000 strong.

Each graduate division and professional school has their own admissions application and process. Click on the links below to learn more about each of them.

Graduate Divisions

Professional Schools

 Resources for Undocumented Students and Communities during the Covid-19 Crisis: 

Below are several resources that provide support for undocumented students and students who have been granted DACA. We welcome suggestions for additional resources. Please email Ireri Rivas at mirivas@uchicago.edu or Devon Moore at devonmoore@uchicago.edu

Local Resources

National Resources

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Resources

Our Services

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