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Resources for Serving Undocumented Students

DePaul Loves DREAMers

​DePaul University takes a strong and public stance in support of undocumented students in line with its core values and traditions as a Catholic, Vincentian, and urban university.​  The Office of the General Counsel participates in the University's DREAM Working Group, a standing committee dedicated to exploring opportunities to nuture DePaul's undocumented student population. We further partner with the Office for Institutional Diversity and Equity to offer routine training sessions to DePaul faculty and staff on serving undocumented students. 

President's Statement in Support of Undocumented Students

DePaul's President, Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, C.M., recently shared a message with the student body emphasizing the university's support for its undocumented student population, and sharing resources available to all students who may feel anxious or concerned during these uncertain times. 

Click Here to Review Fr. Holtschneider's Statement of Support for DePaul's Undocumented Students

Dear DePaul Students,

A number of you have inquired about what potential changes in immigration policy could mean for some of our community as a new presidential administration prepares to take office.  DePaul has always welcomed students regardless of their citizenship status, and we will keep our commitment to undocumented students who choose this university for their education.  Please know that the university administration does not keep records that would indicate a student's undocumented status. If government authorities sought such records from us, we wouldn't have anything to share. We cannot produce what we do not possess.

DePaul has extensive resources to assist if you have questions or know of students who are experiencing uncertainty.

  • Students have access to Croak Student Legal Services, located in the Lincoln Park Student Center, which provides free legal services as well as referrals to external resources.
  • The DePaul Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic can assist students and their families.  They have also developed a referral list of low-cost legal service providers who provide assistance in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals cases and have engaged DePaul alumni to provide one-on-one consultations for DACA and undocumented students. For appointments students can contact Jenny Freundt at jfreundt@depaul.edu.
  • University Counseling Services and University Ministry both stand ready to support students more personally as they balance the stress that such uncertainty brings.
  • More broadly, the DREAM resource guide is a collection of instructions for how an undocumented student could access health insurance, scholarships and financial aid resources and support services at DePaul and in the greater Chicago community. This guide was developed by DePaul's DREAM Working Group, who will continue meeting regularly to discuss how the university can enhance its support for undocumented students.

Finally, DePaul supports Mayor Rahm Emanuel's commitment to maintain Chicago as a sanctuary city and pledges continued action on these ongoing initiatives to support undocumented students.

DePaul is at its best when we are taking care of each other. I ask the entire university community to help support our students during this challenging time.

Respectfully,

Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.
President​

​​DREAM Resource Guide

DePaul's Office for Institutional Diversity and Equity has compiled a site of resources dedicated to providing information for current and prospective undocumented students about financial aid options, admissions, and the offices available at DePaul to support them. The information gathered here is also intended to serve as a helpful guide for faculty and staff interested in learning more about serving the needs of undocumented students,  and the university’s commitment to a creating a supportive environment for all students here at DePaul. 

The Dream Resource Guide​ and related materials are available by clicking here​.  

"Undocu​mented​" (a short film)

This powerful piece explores the case of a typical undocumented student at DePaul and how immigration status affects one's individual rights to meet the basic needs of human life. This personal story puts a face on those who are undocumented and shares the unique challenges they confront on a daily basis.

 

Produced by:  DePaul University College of Computing and Digital Media School of Cinematic Arts​​​

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