The Office of Multicultural Affairs works to promote an inclusive learning environment for all students to enhance their understanding of identity and power, to build intercultural awareness and skills, and to support the success of students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Recognizing that undocumented students make important contributions to the intellectual and social life of the campus, Seattle University admits and enrolls students regardless of citizenship.
The following is a compilation of non-profit local and national organizations, services, and other educational information to support undocumented students.
Our DREAM students, We can't close the door on their futures just because they're undocumented, by Father Stephen V. Sundborg
Recommendations for Policy Concerning Undocumented Students, by Seattle University Law School. Completed in 2011, this document was a culmination of work by an informal committee comprised of SU faculty, staff, alumni, community partners, and major donors who shared a collective desire for SU to emerge as a model for how to best serve undocumented students in line with Seattle University's Jesuit mission.
1. What issues and/or concerns do I need to keep in mind about undocumented student needs following the presidential election?
Overall it is important to be aware of the rights and current policies that may impact the experience of undocumented students. There are many questions and unknowns on what will happen to immigration policies like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and proposed legislation like Dream Act under the next government administration. Please take the time to review information provided through the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), United We Dream, and the City of Seattle:
2. If I have been granted DACA, what can I do to protect myself at this time?
Unfortunately there isn’t much information available to clarify what will happen to the DACA program when President-elect Trump takes office. In the meantime, we encourage the following steps:
3. How can I support best support undocumented students as a member of the Seattle University community?
It is important to remember that the need for privacy is imperative for our undocumented students. Should someone chose to disclose their circumstances, it is important that you maintain their anonymity. Your support can be demonstrated through the following strategies
4. Where can I find more information about issues facing undocumented students?
Below are resources and guides to assist in understanding the needs of undocumented students before, during, and after college.
The following institutions have made a public stance in supporting undocumented students.
If you have knowledge of any other resources and don't see them on the list, please contact OMA (firstname.lastname@example.org), so this list can be updated.