Undocumented Student Support Services

“We are extremely proud of our students —they are doing everything we expect them to do as engaged young people pursuing their dreams of higher education. The fundamental responsibility of a public education institution is to foster learning, innovation, and strong communities to any student willing to put in the work to learn and achieve. We have and will continue to fight for DACA students in our CSCU community. We stand with Connecticut’s DACA students and those across this country and urge Congress to finally take action to protect these young Americans.” – President Ojakian, CSCU


InterCultural Affairs Office

Western  Connecticut State University provides exemplary graduate and undergraduate education in the liberal arts and professional disciplines.  As an intentionally diverse and comprehensive university, Western is committed to academic excellence, access, social justice, and service for the public good.

We encourage all academically accomplished students to apply for admission regardless of their citizenship status. This includes students who may have recently learned of their status during the college admission process. At Western, we take a holistic approach when reviewing applications, meaning we consider ALL the materials in an application file. We review a student’s high school transcript very closely, along with the types of courses taken and grades earned. We consider standardized test scores, letters of recommendation and the admission essay. We do not take into consideration an applicant’s citizenship or immigration status.

Please note that The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student education records. This means that information you provide to us to process is private and protected under the law.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

On April 13th, the leaders of all 17 Connecticut State Colleges & Universities sent a letter to President Trump requesting his support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

On March 28th, the Office of Governor Dannel Malloy released a Family Preparedness Plan Toolkit. The toolkits can be found in English and Spanish.

US LABOR MIGRATION: POLITICS AND POLICY: 

Attorney Daniel Costa, director of Immigration Law and Policy Research at the Economic Policy Institute, will discuss “U.S. Labor Migration: Politics and Policy” at 6 p.m. in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. Labor migration — the movement of persons from one country to another for the purposes of employment — is a complex and often controversial issue in most countries. Costa will offer a background on the basics of the U.S. labor migration systems, including the various pathways through which migrants enter the U.S. labor market, and explore key themes within the context of what a fair immigration system should look like. The talk will be free and the public is invited. It is funded by a grant from The Macricostas Family Arts & Sciences Endowed Speaker Series. For more information, visit www.wcsu.edu/news/2017/10/19/macricostas-lectures-bring-immigration-and-greek-history-to-wcsu/.


STATEMENTS FROM CSCU PRESIDENT MARK E. OJAKIAN

DACA and Undocumented Students at CSCU – December 12, 2016
Update on CSCU Support of Undocumented Students – January 13, 2017
Statement In Support of Undocumented Students and CT Students for a Dream – January 26, 2017

Letter to President Trump requesting his support for the DACA program – April 13, 2017