Undocumented Student Goals

Introduction

Through student organizations such as RESILIENCE and M.E.Ch.A. de LMU, undocumented and allies of undocumented students have expressed these specific needs that they feel could support and add to the richness of an undergraduate student experience:

  • Supportive services through the creation of a center
  • Formation of a centralized location of services
  • Allow the chapel to serve as a sanctuary for undocumented students (if needed)
  • Increase the number of Social Justice Scholarship recipients from 5 to 7
  • Make emergency funding available for undocumented students that could be used for government application needs

Progress

Note: Detailed reports on inclusive excellence efforts from colleges and divisions are available under Data & Reports.

Updated January 2018

Student Psychological Services has enhanced their services through specialized training to support the unique challenges facing our undocumented students and by appointing a therapist for the 2017-18 academic year with experience working with first-generation and undocumented students.

In September 2017, the Undocumented Students Advisory Committee hosted a Social Justice Scholars orientation. Topics included the classroom experience, securing on-campus employment, interacting with faculty, interacting with mentors, and securing funding for books and other school-related expenses.  Additionally, there was a panel of current Social Justice Scholars and recent alumni explaining how to navigate the campus and post graduate employment or graduate school. 

In September 2017, the Provost sent a letter to the community reaffirming the need to protect student privacy. Included in the communication was a link to a FAQ document providing faculty, staff and administration with guidance on how to respond to government or other officials who come to campus inquiring about a student or employee.

In September 2017, the Undocumented Students Advisory Committee hosted a second DACA renewal application session which was held in conjunction with Loyola Law School's Immigration Justice Clinic. Grant funding covered the $495 application fee. 

In conjunction with Loyola Law School, several pro bono attorneys have been identified to provide legal advice to LMU undergraduate and graduate students.

In fall 2017, campus support systems were enhanced to meet the needs of undocumented and DACA students in Campus Ministry by providing a space for students to convene.

In fall 2017, Student Psychological Services identified a psychologist to work specifically with undocumented and DACA students. Weekly group sessions were organized to meet student need and availability.  

In fall 2017, Career and Professional Development (CPD) identified a career coach to work specifically with undocumented and DACA students. A page was created on the CPD website specifically geared toward assisting undocumented and DACA students in pursuing career goals.

In fall 2017, the Undocumented Students Advisory Committee collaborated with ASLMU, and the Ignatian Solidarity Network to sponsor a week of social action that encouraged members of the LMU community to register to vote and to communicate with their national legislators regarding the passage of the proposed Dream Act. Five hundred individuals communicated with legislators.

Student Affairs provided social support for undocumented and DACA students through planned activities such as dinners and social gatherings.

Since fall 2017, the chair of the Undocumented Students Advisory Committee conducted an educational program for the Student Life Committee of the Board of Trustees, the full Board of Trustees, the Staff Senate and Campus Ministers. 

In summer 2017, the University conducted a tabletop exercise with senior leadership that focused on a situation where there was an immigration-related incident on campus. The tabletop exercise identified strengths in the University’s response to this type of incident along with recommendations for improvement.  The recommendations for improvement were assigned to various departments for follow up action.

In fall 2017, President Timothy Law Snyder joined the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and immigration, an alliance of American college and university leaders dedicated to increasing public understanding of how immigration policies and practices impact our students, campuses and communities, and which supports policies that create a welcoming environment for immigrant, undocumented and international students on their campuses.

In Fall 2016, the university created the Undocumented Student Advisory Committee, chaired by Dean of Students Jeanne Ortiz, which actively coordinates and develops resources for undocumented students, disseminates information to undocumented students, and ensures that our support services are accessible.

LMU signed onto letters with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, pledging, among other public positions we announced, “to protect to the fullest extent of the law undocumented students on our campuses” and “to promote retention of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program."

The university has reinforced our Social Justice Scholarships program to ensure an LMU education remains accessible, regardless of DACAmentation status.

The university has strengthened its partnerships with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the dioceses of Orange and San Bernardino, and Catholic K-12 educators so that they may more effectively counsel and support undocumented students and their families.

Immigration Awareness Week organizers teamed up with our First To Go program and explored the intersectional, multifaceted identities of our first-generation and immigrant students. The event series engaged our community in critical dialogue, informational workshops, expressive performances, and was a celebration of our solidarity.

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts: The Theological Studies Department partnered with the Center for Migration Studies of New York and Mount Saint Mary’s University, to host the 2017 Catholic Immigration Integration Initiative Conference. CIII seeks to study, document, and support a growing network of diverse Catholic institutions that are working successfully to advance immigrant integration, empowerment and well-being. BCLA’s 7th Annual Hispanic Ministry and Theology Lecture was included in this conference, featuring Brazilian liberation theologian Maria Clara Bingemer discussing “the stranger” in relation to the crises of displaced peoples and migrations.