Undocumented Student Support Services

Welcome to the

Undocumented Student Support Services Webpage

Western Connecticut State University is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, including undocumented students.  In these uncertain times, undocumented students, who often face barriers and challenges as they navigate campus policies, require support services that address their unique needs.  As such, the University’s Office of Diversity and Equity as well as the Office of Intercultural Affairs have partnered with other WCSU departments and allies to increase institutional support for undocumented students. Ultimately, Western strives to provide resources and guidance to support the advancement of undocumented students during their academic time at Western. This website is supported in part by the University’s Office of Diversity and Equity.

“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 Mark Ojakian, CSCU

 

CURRENT/UP-TO-DATE 2022 ANNOUNCEMENTS

UPDATE March 30, 2022: There are undocumented students and students from mixed-status families in every program, major and course on the campuses at Western Connecticut State University (“WCSU”).  Fairfield County is home to over half of the undocumented population in the State of Connecticut.  The WCSU Undocu-Ally Task Force is aimed at creating awareness on our WCSU campuses.  Making sure that WCSU has overall representation from the various schools on the Task Force can better meet our students is crucial.

Please join us at two (2) upcoming virtual information sessions:
• Wednesday, March 30th at 3:30-5pm.
• Monday April 18th at 5:30-8pm
Please click here to view the web poster.  All are welcome and may register for either session using this link:  bit.ly/undocually2022.
 
UPDATE March 28, 2022: Danbury Defending Public Education is gathering on April 5, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. because that day, prior to the Danbury City Council meeting, the Danbury Mayor will present his City Budget to City Council.  We need to make sure our Danbury elected officials know – we expect you to prioritize public education in the City Budget and fully fund public education in Danbury!

 

                                                                                                                                           

Danbury Defending Public Education

Tuesday, April 5th, 2022,  6:30 p.m.

City Hall – 155 Deerhill Ave

Join us to support a fully funded education budget at the City Council

What does a budget that meets the needs of our students mean?

  • REAL solutions to deal with the overcrowding in Danbury schools – that means thoughtful financial planning for the Career Academy which is already underway, a plan to reduce overcrowding in 3 years, and development of new school buildings for the elementary and middle school levels.
  • Support for our students as they return to school in the middle of a pandemic – funding which allows the schools to hire more social workers, guidance counselors, reading and math coaches, ELL instructions, and special education staff.