Student Support Services

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Office of Undocumented Student Services 

Undocumented Student Services, housed under the Intercultural Resource Center, strives to empower all undocumented/DACAmented students, mix-status families, and allies to navigate higher education.

 Undocumented Student Services supports students through the complexity of financial aid, admissions, career development, and wellness, while being an undocumented immigrant. If you are an undocumented student or a child of an undocumented immigrant, you are welcome at Rutgers University–Newark. We will help you find all the resources you need to focus on your education.

Programs and Events

Build community by joining the programs and events designed for undocumented students and their allies:

Programs/Events Description
UndocuWelcome Reception  Students participating in the Undocu-Welcome Reception will be able to recognize faculty, administrators, and staff as resources for support, connect with a student community, and identify opportunities for campus involvement and leadership development.
UndocuEmpower Hour Join in culturally relevant discussions and programs about the issues important to undocumented students striving to navigate college.
Undocu-Graduation Celebrate the achievement of undocumented graduating seniors as they advance to the next chapter in their journey. Contact the Office of Undocumented Students if you would like to participate.
Education and Training UndocuAlly Training is offered each semester. We hope for staff and faculty members complete this training with an understanding of the history, legislation, and current/future realities of the undocumented community.
Student Organizations Get involved with the RU Dreamers, a student organization that aims to empower undocumented communities through education. Contact: rudreamers@gmail.com

 

 

Intercultural Resource Center

The Intercultural Resource Center at Rutgers University–Newark envisions an empowered community that cultivates diverse groups through education, creative engagement, dialogue across difference, and social justice initiatives. Everyone at Rutgers University–Newark can be part of the IRC, and we offer specific services to the following groups:

  • Undocumented Students
  • LGBTQ Students
  • Students Interested in Social Justice & Dialogue 

Rutgers Immigrant Community Assistance Project (RICAP)

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All students currently enrolled at Rutgers are eligible for a free and confidential legal consultation with the attorney.  Students are encouraged to stop by RICAP and meet the staff.  The RICAP office is located on the 4th floor of the Law School's Clinical suite in the Center for Law and Justice.  RICAP is also located in Camden and New Brunswick. Rutgers is here to support you. Students are encouraged to contact Jason Hernandez, attorney at the Rutgers Immigrant Community Assistance Project, to schedule a free and confidential consultation. Jason Hernandez has more than five years experience working in a refugee resettlement and immigration legal service non-profit organization.  

Update on DACA Renewal Application as of Friday, 6/19/2020

Contact: Jason Hernandez, Immigrant Rights Attorney, Rutgers University

CARE Team

The CARE Team is a network of Rutgers-Newark staff members who provide support for multiple student needs, including academic and health concerns. The team’s goal is to raise awareness so that the university community recognizes when a student needs help and responds to the concern, which ensures the safety of the whole community and provides maximum support for the student. If you would like help from a CARE Team member, please contact the CARE Team.

Campus Safety

RUPD-Newark does not inquire into nor record the immigration status of students or other persons unless a serious crime has been committed.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy characterizes colleges and universities as “sensitive locations,” which are places where, in the normal course of things, enforcement actions should not occur unless extraordinary circumstances exist.

Information from the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

Online Directory Privacy

If you are currently registered at RU–N, your student information will appear in the Rutgers Online Directory, also known as a “People Search.” To see how your name appears, type your name in the search box, and press "Enter." 

The names of currently registered students must be displayed. Click here if you wish to change, update, or restrict the display of your student information in the online directory.

Additional Resources

Immigrant Legal Resources Center
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Provides education to immigrants, community organizations, and legal professionals on a number of issues.

Stay up-to-date with the latest information on DACA.

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undocuJersey
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The mission of undocuJersey is to offer events, educational resources, and scholarships for undocumented students and documented students with undocumented parents.

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My (Un)documented Life
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The mission at the My Undocumented Life blog is to provide up-to-date information and resources for undocumented immigrants. My Undocumented Life posts scholarship opportunities that are open to undocumented students, strategies for navigating the educational system, information on how to apply for DACA/Advanced Parole, news on DAPA, and much more.

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Educators for Fair Consideration
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A fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives founded in 2006, Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) empowers undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional, and policy transformation. We envision an America where all young people can pursue and complete an education with confidence and without constraint.

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Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD)
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Pre-Health Dreamer’s mission is to support undocumented pre-health students through serving as a community of students and allies offering peer support and professional development.

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College Board Blog
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The College Board maintains a blog specifically for undocumented students.

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Supporting Undocumented Youth
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You can read and/or download this Resource Guide from the US Department of Education.

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Key Contacts

Undocumented Student Services

Maria Zamora | Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Program Manager | maria.zamora@rutgers.edu
973-353-3416
Conklin Hall232
175 University AveNewarkNJ07102

Undocumented Student Services, Intercultural Resource Center