Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity > Advocacy > DePaul DREAM


​​​DePaul's history is rooted in immigrant communities. Established in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian priests and brothers), DePaul University was created to serve the needs of poor immigrants who had little opportunity for higher education in Chicago. DePaul has always been an institution that serves the sons and daughters of immigrants. The Vincentian mission to serve the public good and give people of all ethnicities and backgrounds the opportunity to receive a college education remains at the heart of the institution.

True to its original character, DePaul cherishes its Catholic and Vincentian roots to this day. DePaul University affirms the dignity of the individual. We value diversity and culture because these are part of our core values and traditions as a Catholic, Vincentian, and urban university. DePaul University takes a strong, public position for supporting undocumented students and the DREAM Act legislation. We believe supporting undocumented students is a smart policy that will yield significant benefits for our university, city, state, and nation. We also know these young people who enter our doors are part of the next great generation who will build our collective future. It is for this reason that DePaul admits students regardless of their undocumented status. Because we welcome these students, it is incumbent upon all members of the DePaul community to understand DePaul's position on assisting undocumented students and, more importantly, in supporting their success, just as we support all of our students.

This page is dedicated to providing the DePaul community with resources to assist in supporting undocumented students and understand the current landscape of the DREAM Act legislation.