Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges:
Without staff support, accessible resources, or even public recognition by the University, undocumented students are often left to navigate the institution on their own. GUSA should create an inclusive team of advocates, both to support the work of groups like UndocuHoyas and Hoyas for Immigrant Rights and to utilize GUSA’s role on campus to push the University to fulfill its commitment to support all students.
- Push the University’s Office of the President to offer a public statement of support for undocumented students.
- Pursue UndocuAlly training for faculty, staff, and GUPD officers.
- Explore options for offering emergency loans and/or grants to assist undocumented students in paying for DACA renewal and other legal fees.
- Work with Deans’ offices to ensure that the study abroad requirement is waived for undocumented students that are majoring in a foreign language.
- Advocate for the hiring of a full-time employee to support undocumented students while exploring the long-term goal of establishing a DREAMers Resource Center.
- Train CAPS and Project Lighthouse counselors on issues faced by the immigrant and undocumented student communities.
- Support the Cawley Career Center in developing services that address the unique barriers that undocumented students face in the job market.
- Explore options for securing pro-bono legal services for undocumented students.
- Work with the Student Employment Office to provide work-study options for undocumented students.
- Examine the models provided by peer institutions like UC Berkeley that more effectively support and include their undocumented students.