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Undocumented & DACA Support

The information on this site is intended to provide general information on matters of admissions, financial aid, campus resources, privacy, legal assistance and safety available to DACA and undocumented students.

"Cornell, since its founding, has been committed to diversity and inclusion, and DACA students are an integral part of our community. They were brought to this country before they had a choice in the matter, have grown up here, and are succeeding here despite significant challenges and obstacles. I believe they deserve a chance to fulfill their dreams..." —President Martha Pollack

Interim Leadership

Marla Love

Senior Associate Dean of Students, Diversity & Equity

626 Thurston Ave.

Areas of Oversight: Asian & Asian American Center, Cornell United Religious Works, First Generation & Low Income Support, Student Development Diversity Initiatives, Undocumented & DACA Support, Women's Resource Center.

Marla Love, is Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity and works directly with the diversity and student empowerment units in the Office of the Dean of Students to create an intersectional programming model that engages our students in new and innovative ways.

Shakima M. Clency

Peggy J. Koenig ’78 Associate Dean of Students for Student Empowerment and Director of First-Generation & Low-Income Student Support

Shakima M. Clency comes to Cornell from Alfred University in Alfred, New York, where she served as the inaugural Diversity Fellow in the Center for Student Involvement. In this capacity, she advised several identity affinity student organizations, taught courses on pop culture and social justice, and served on the Bias Response Team and President's Committee on Diversity. Prior to her time at Alfred University, she served as the Senior Associate Director in the Office of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Meet the Team

Carlos Blanco

Graduate Intern for Undocumented/DACA Student Support

Carlos Blanco is the Undocumented/DACA Graduate Student Intern supporting the office's efforts of student empowerment. He completed his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley '18 with a BA in Architecture with concentrations in City Planning and Urbanism in Developing Countries and is now a candidate for the M.Arch at College of AAP. Carlos holds prior experience working and collaborating with Undocumented/DACA students while at UC Berkeley such as in mentoring high school students through the Dreamers Project and CAFE (Central Americans for Empowerment).