People

Initiative Staff

The initiative is coordinated by the Julio Reyes (Program Director of the FLi Center) and one of the FLi Center undergraduate student programmers.

Liaisons in Key Offices

With the support of the University, the Initiative has been collaborating with UndocuAllies across campus, including in key offices and faculty members who work closely with undocumented and DACA students. In the near future, campus administrators, staff, and faculty members can choose to be added as UndocuAllies after attending one of the various trainings sponsored on campus.

Key student services across campus have been collaborating to expand support for students and the effectiveness of offices in serving members of this campus community. You are welcome to access staff of your choosing in various offices, and below we offer individuals who are particularly knowledgeable about immigrant and undocumented student concerns. These individuals are closely connected through a network of support and are careful to maintain student privacy in discussing sensitive issues.

OFFICE / TOPICS

LIAISON

Office of the Dean of the College / undergraduate academic advising

Maitrayee Bhattacharyya, Senior Associate Dean of the College for Diversity and Inclusion

Graduate School / doctoral and masters students’ issues and concerns related to their academic experience

Marlina Duncan / Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Warren Alpert Medical School / medical student issues and concerns related to their academic experience

Joseph Diaz / Associate Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Student Support Services / personal and life concerns for all students

Andres Fernandez, Assistant Dean of Student Support Services

Institutional advocacy, concerns, and considerations

Mary Grace Almandrez, Assistant Vice President for Campus Life & Dean of Students

Financial Advising & Financial Aid

Vernicia Elie, Assistant Dean of the College

Jim Tilton, Dean, Office of Financial Aid

Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life / confidential University resource The Rev Janet Cooper Nelson, University Chaplain

CareerLAB

Amy Tarbox, Career Advisor

Student Working Group

Students were essential  in advocating for University changes and support for undocumented and DACA students, and the FLiCenter and this Initiative are committed to continue to uplift student voices. A group of students, faculty, and staff are working to inform our current efforts and to help formulate recommendations for the future. You may find connecting with the students (or the faculty and staff on the group) to be helpful.

Student Membership

  • Please contact staff of the Initiative if you are interested in speaking with one of the five students serving on the board.

Staff and Faculty

  • Mary Grace Almandrez, Assistant Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students
  • Marisa Quinn, Chief of Staff, Office of the Provost
  • Marlina Duncan, Associate Dean of the Graduate School for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Andrea Flores, Assistant Professor of Education
  • Vernicia Elie, Assistant Dean of the College for Financial Advising
  • Andres Fernandez, Assistant Dean, Student Support Services
  • Monica Martinez, Assistant Professor, American Studies