UC strives to be a supportive community — we want all our students to succeed, both academically and personally. If you need help navigating the transition to UC, here are some ways to find allies on campus.
1. Find student organizations
Campus student organizations can offer support and advice, and members are often happy to speak with prospective students about their experiences at UC. Reaching out to other students can help you know what to expect and how others in your situation have handled unique challenges.
- ASPIRE (Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education) has both UCLA and Bay Area chapters
- Pre-Health Dreamers was founded in the Bay Area
- IDEAS (Improving Dreams, Equality, Access and Success) exists on many campuses across California, including UCLA and UC Santa Barbara
- GRADD (Graduates Reaching a Dream Deferred), founded at UCLA, supports undocumented graduate students
Many of these organizations use Facebook or other social networking tools to connect online, and welcome questions from prospective students.
- Associated Students of UC Irvine – Get DREAMS
- Dreams @ UCI
- Dream Bar Association (UC Riverside)
- Migrant Rights Awareness (UC San Diego)
- PODER (Providing Opportunities, Dreams, and Education in Riverside)
- RISE (Rising Immigrant Scholars through Education) (UC Berkeley)
- SALE (Students Advocating Law and Education) (UC Merced)
- SED (Students Empowering Dreams) (UC Merced)
- SPEAK (Scholars Promoting Education, Awareness and Knowledge) (UC Davis)
- SIN (Students Informing Now) (UC Santa Cruz)
2. Identify mentors or staff who can help
Every UC campus has a designated liaison for undocumented students. These points of contact can answer questions, provide guidance, and help you navigate the campus environment to meet your needs. Find campus support on your campus.
Keep in mind that, regardless of who you approach on campus, your immigration status will remain confidential. You will not be denied assistance or services due to undocumented status.
3. Look for orientations/receptions for undocumented students
Some campuses have orientations or receptions for undocumented students. Attending these events can be a good way to make connections with current students who can help you identify helpful resources around campus.