Undocumented/DACA Student Resources
This document, compiled by Miriam Kontoh, Cornell Law 1L Immigration Law & Advocacy Clinic, includes information for Undocumented/DACA and students from mixed-status families related to immigrant issues, medical care, job opportunities, funding, and many other resources.
Click here to read Cornell Law School professor, Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer's, response regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) and next steps for Congress to provide a permanent solution.
Staff available for support in the Dean of Students Office include Vijay Pendakur, Dean of Students; Marla Love, Senior Associate Dean of Students, Diversity & Equity; and Mary Beth Grant, Senior Associate Dean of Students.
- The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives offers general advising on personal and academic support, as well as planning for future academic and professional aims and referrals specifically for undocumented students as part of the trailblazers program.
- The International Students and Scholars Office assists international students, academic staff, and their families by advising on U.S. federal immigration and other issues, and through web resources, information sessions, and events. They also provide counseling on personal, academic, and cultural matters. To speak with a staff member directly, email ISSO@cornell.edu.
- The Office of Graduate Student Life serves the Cornell community in many capacities: discussing student concerns, providing available resources and services, and sharing options to handle difficult academic and personal situations. Contact Sara Xayarath Hernández, associate dean for inclusion and student engagement to help identify appropriate resources.
Clinical faculty at Cornell Law School will provide—without charge—confidential legal assistance to undocumented students, including DACA students. For assistance with DACA-related legal matters, contact Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer, assistant clinical professor of law, Cornell Law School: firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-255-9898.
For assistance with immigration legal issues other than DACA, such as an immigration court proceeding or criminal/immigration law matter, please email email@example.com to reach the team of Cornell Law faculty working on immigration issues. If you are an international student or have questions about a student visa, please contact the Office of Global Learning.
In addition, the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School is a not-for-profit group that believes everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them, without cost. They publish law online, and create materials that help people understand the law.
Emergency Funds for DACA Renewal
Cornell University offers funding for enrolled students (undergraduate, graduate and professional degree students) to renew their DACA.
Scholarships Available for Undocumented/DACAmented Students
Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services, or CAPS (including the Let’s Talk Program), a part of Cornell Health, is a confidential place to talk with a trained health-care professional about any concern. This may include stress, loneliness, anxiety, depression, adjustment challenges, relationship difficulties, questions about identity, managing an existing mental health condition, or other issues. CAPS has counselors who are able to assist undocumented/DACAmented students. Please call CAPS at +1 (607) 255-5155 to speak with a staff member directly.
Cornell since its founding has been committed to diversity and inclusion, and DREAMers (undocumented students, with and without DACA status) are an integral part of our community. Cornell Health will continue to vigilantly protect the privacy of student health records from any unauthorized disclosure in accordance with the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and university policy.
Cornell Police's September 8, 2017 "Blue Light Safety Message" email to the Cornell community includes a shout out to President Pollack for addressing recent national decisions that affect the safety and security of our community. And explains that Cornell University Police remains your trusted campus law enforcement agency that affords professional service and protection to every member of our community.
Sanctuary City and County Resolutions
The Tompkins County Legislature passed a resolution making the county a "sanctuary county." This resolution serves to "maintain a safe, inclusive government and ensure the protection, order, conduct, safety, health, and well-being of all persons in Tompkins County." The city of Ithaca has a similar resolution. Like all such sanctuary resolutions across the country, however, the local resolutions cannot legally bar federal immigration officials from entering the county and city. For more on immigration sanctuary policies generally, see the Searching for Sanctuary Report and the National Map of Local Entanglement with ICE both from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.