The Undocumented Student Initiative is a program housed in the First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center. We welcome the participation of undergraduate, masters, medical, and doctoral students who are themselves undocumented or DACAmented or are members of mixed-status families. Allies are also welcome. While our primary focus is on students, we also actively work to support staff, faculty, and alumni/ae who share these identities. We invite non-identifying staff, faculty, and alumni/ae who have a vested interest in this initiative to get involved by providing resources and support.
Through the Initiative, students can connect with a network of staff, faculty, fellow students, and local community-based organizations. Our programs and collaborators provide access to counseling, legal support, financial advising, and create a space for the experience of each student. The Initiative's staff hold office hours for one-on-one advice and referral, plan events and programs focused on community care and empowerment and strategies for success at Brown and beyond. In addition, the initiative is committed to working with community organizations and create access to increase retention for undocumented and DACAmented students in higher education.
The Initiative was created in fall 2016 propelled by student mobilization and interest led by the Brown Immigrant Rights Coalition. Their activism led to Brown's decision to consider undocumented and DACA students as domestic applicants. This included a commitment to increase support for students.
Where to Start
To connect with the Initiative, we recommend the following steps.
- Sign up for the FLi Center Listserv. Key announcements about the Initiative are distributed via the weekly FLi Center listserv. As the membership of the listserv is over 1000 students and students sign up for a variety of reasons, it is an electronic communication system that does not reveal your status. Any student, faculty, or staff can email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the listserv.
- Connect with Staff Liaisons in key University offices have been identified as liaisons to the Initiative and continue to engage in professional development to better support you.
- Join the Brown Immigrant Rights Coalition (BIRC). BIRC is a recognized undergraduate student organization that has served as a community for students interested in immigration-related issues, including those that may be undocumented, DACAmented, or from mixed-status families.