Providing resources and support to undocumented students

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Mary Knudtson Assistant Vice Provost for Student Health & Wellbeing, and Executive Director, Student Health Center, Jaye Padgett Vice Provost for Student Success, Pablo Reguerín Assistant Vice Provost, Student Achievement & Equity Innovation and Lucy Rojas Interim Dean of Students

To our UC Santa Cruz community,
We are deeply dismayed by the announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been rescinded. This decision takes basic rights, including the right to work, away from hundreds of thousands of young undocumented adults throughout the U.S. and hundreds of students who are part of our community here at UC Santa Cruz. It is hard to see this decision as anything but a moral failure.
Financial hardship, already a concern for many of our DACA students, will be exacerbated. One consequence of this decision, among others, is that they will no longer be eligible for work-study programs to support their education. Undocumented students are already ineligible for Pell grant aid. 
UC Santa Cruz will stand up for and support our undocumented students and their families. We are committed to providing resources, support, guidance, and legal counsel to help navigate the uncertainty that our undocumented students now face.
UC Santa Cruz’s Dreamers are a community of motivated, intelligent, caring, and dedicated people. Their contributions to our campus—serving as interns, working in our departments, colleges, and resource centers—and their commitment to educational excellence is exemplary. They deserve our unwavering support.
Please join us. There are many ways you can get involved and show support. 
Tax-deductible donations are being accepted through the Don Rothman Dreamers Fund, which is administered by UC Santa Cruz’s Educational Opportunity Programs Office and tax-deductible donations can also be made to Slug Support’s Student Emergency Fund, which is administered by the Dean of Students Office and provides emergency support for housing, financial assistance, and hosts a food pantry. 
See below for more resources available to our undocumented students and learn about other ways to support them. 
Campus Resources