Undocumented Student Support Services

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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 2019 ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • UPDATE November 13, 2019: On Monday, November 18, 2019, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., on the Fairfield Lawn in the Midtown Campus, Western Beyond Borders will be holding a walk out titled, Walk Out for Immigrant Rights!  There will be many speakers and events happening on the Fairfield Lawn.

This event is to create a space to stand in solidarity with undocumented immigrants everywhere for many reasons.  One of the big reasons being the fate of DACA. As some of you may or may not know the fate of DACA is now in the hands of the Supreme Court. Hundreds of thousands of people could lose their homes, their livelihoods, and their families. On November 12th, the Supreme Court began to hear oral arguments in lawsuits demanding the Trump administration preserve DACA, which Trump tried to kill in 2017.  Many immigrants with DACA and allied supporters have led a 16-day march from New York to Washington, D.C., to pressure the Supreme Court to save the program with #NotOneMoreDeportation and#HomeisHere.  Please help support this cause and attend this important event.  For more information, please contact Doris Cordova, President for the WESTCONN Without Borders Student Club, by email at cordova006@wcsu.edu.

  • UPDATE November 1, 2019: On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, Western Beyond Borders members will wear #HomeisHere shirts in support and solidarity of the amicus brief to be heard by the United States Supreme Court on this date.  Either for more information and/or If you wish to obtain a #HomeisHere shirt, please contact the club advisor, Professor Lorraine Moya Salas, by email at salasl@wcsu.edu or by phone at (203) 837-8779.
  • UPDATE October 16, 2019: Connecticut Students 4 A Dream (“C4D”), in conjunction with the WCSU Undocu-Ally Taskforce and members of the Office of Financial Aid, have scheduled workshop to offer more information about the Institutional aid (AACTUS) application process for any one interested in learning more about this opportunity.  The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 5;00 p.m., in Room 127, White Hall Building, WCSU Midtown Campus.  The information session will give participants direct access to staff from the financial aid offices who will be there to help undocumented students complete their forms and answer any questions.   To view flyers and/or learn more, please click here to view the Financial Aid Resources page.

                                                                                    WCSU Institutitonal Aid Application (AACTUS) Workshop

    Thursday, October 24, 2019, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Western Connecticut State University

    Midtown Campus, White Hall Building, Room 127

    181 White Street, Danbury, CT

    www.facebook.com/events/1364973040323301

    REGISTER 👉 bit.ly/AACTUSC4Dworkshop

  • UPDATE September 20, 2019: Application for institutional financial aid for undocumented students are now available on CSCU’s website.  Please visit the Financial Aid Resources for more details on the institutional aid process at Western Connecticut State University.
  • UPDATE May 30, 2019: Connecticut Students 4 A Dream (“C4D”) have scheduled a Youth Power Summit as an all-day conference led by and for youth with the goal to educate young people about the power of their voices. We believe young people have the power to create change in their communities.  The Youth Power Summit is scheduled for Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Danbury High School, 43 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury, Connecticut.
    REGISTER HERE 👉 bit.ly/YPS19
    Transportation, Translation (for Spanish) Food, & Fun will all be provided! 
  • UPDATE March 5, 2019: Connecticut Students 4 A Dream (“C4D”) are asking members of the university community for assistance with submitted testimony and advocacy on the following bills:
    • SB992: An Act Concerning the TRUST: Would will limit communication between local police and federal immigration agencies. Would update Connecticut’s TRUST Act to further protect Connecticut residents from the rogue actions of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
    • SB948: The 364 Day Misdemeanor Sentencing Reform Bill: would reduce the maximum length of all misdemeanor convictions in Connecticut to from 365 days to 364 days in order to limit harmful immigration consequences for Connecticut’s immigrants.

If you’re interested in supporting these two bills, please find two testimony templates that you can personalize and submit via email.  To submit testimony via email, please                           send to JUDtestimony@cga.ct.gov in PDF format, with subject line: “Bill# YOUR NAME”.  Click on the Template Testimony for TRUST Act, and the Template Testimony for 364 Misdemeanor Bill to create a personalized testimony.

  • UPDATE January 9, 2019: The WCSU UndocuAlly Taskforce and The Office of Diversity & Equity are hosting the first ever UndocuPeer Training on Monday, January 14, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Midtown Student Center, Room 201 (Student Center, 2nd Floor).  Please join us and spread the word to other staff and faculty who may be interested.What is the UndocuPeer Training?The UndocuPeers: Liberating Campus Climate training is an interactive certification program for staff and faculty that increases the educational success of undocumented immigrant students by empowering and training educators. Developed by undocumented students, UndocuPeers provides the necessary tools to begin or continue conversations on how to better support and work alongside undocumented students.This program is centered on professional development and provides a space to streamline departmental resources across educational institutions. UndocuPeers is a research-tested training with its effectiveness determined by surveys taken by participants.  Upon your attendance, you’ll learn the following: (1) Learn how to interact and be conscious of undocumented immigrant students in the workplace, classroom, etc.; (2) Learn how you can support undocumented and immigrant students in your classrooms and offices; and (3) Earn a completion certificate and receive additional diversity training.  We recommend attendance for staff that works directly with students on campus, faculty and professors, and administratorsTo register, please click the link: bit.ly/UndocuPeerWCSU ** Space is limited **

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.