Undocumented and DACA Student Initiative

In September 2016, Brown University announced its decision to consider undocumented and DACA students as domestic applicants and committed to increasing support infrastructure for undocumented and DACA students at Brown. Staff in key offices, including Admission, the Office of the Dean of the College, and the Division of Campus Life and Student Services, have been tasked with implementation. Questions may be directed to Maitrayee Bhattacharyya, Senior Associate Dean of the College for Diversity and Inclusion, and Ricky Gresh, co-director of the First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center.

The University continues to work with students who were instrumental in advocating for these changes, including the Brown Immigrant Rights Coalition. BIRC welcomes undocumented and DACA students to join its membership as a place of community and peer support. 

Faculty Mentor for Undocumented and DACA Students

Kevin Escudero, Presidential Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in American Studies, is serving as a Faculty Mentor to undocumented and DACA-status students. Kevin is available to meet with students and is a resource to faculty in providing advice and guidance to students.

Legal Guidance

Over the next few weeks, we will offer legal information sessions specifically for undocumented and DACA status students, as well as general sessions for interested students faculty and staff. Please contact Faculty Mentor Kevin Escudero for more information.

Financial Matters

DACA Renewal: As part of the University’s revised policy, we have offered support for students to renew DACA status. Please contact Faculty Mentor Kevin Escudero for more information.

Financial Aid: The University will continue to meet the full demonstrated financial need of undocumented and DACA status undergraduate students who attend Brown. Please contact Director of Financial Aid Counseling Carla Minchello for more information.

General Financial Support: Should unanticipated financial stressors emerge moving forward, please contact Assistant Dean of the College for Financial Advising Vernicia Elie for more information.

Law Enforcement

Brown’s Department of Public Safety neither inquiries about nor acts upon information related to immigration status, and does not partner with federal or state agencies to do so.