June 1, 2018
Interim program manager Courtney Balderas-Jacob has been hired to the permanent position of Assistant Director of the Dreamers Center. The center is located within the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion (UTSA Student Union 2.01.04). Inquiries and appointment requests can be made by calling (210) 458-7777 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan 19, 2018
On Monday, January 22, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will open a new Dreamers Center to provide support to the university’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients and other undocumented students. The center represents a physical expansion of the Dreamers Resource Center website that launched last September, soon after the Trump administration announced its decision to end DACA.
“Given recent indications that DACA may not be resuscitated by Congress, it’s imperative we escalate the support we offer our Dreamers,” said President Taylor Eighmy. “We must do everything we can to ensure they have the right resources and information in the months to come.”
– Read the full announcement in UTSA Today
Jan. 13, 2018
"Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017."
– Read the full statement from US Citizenship and Immigration Services
The following individuals have been identified as points of contact within critical offices at UTSA to assist with questions related to residency, financial aid, counseling, admissions and more.
If there are additional questions or concerns, students can call the Dreamers Resource Center at 210-458-7777 or email Dreamers@utsa.edu. Students also may contact the UTSA Student Ombudsperson Carol Gonzalez at 210-458-4040.
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), UTSA does not release the personal information of its students, outside of public directory information.
UTSA Academic Advising's mission is to support the holistic development of all students by cultivating trusting and collaborative relationships. Undocumented undergraduate students who need academic advising assistance can contact Barbara Smith or Angelica Barrera to get connected with academic advising.
Angelica Barrera | Interim Associate VP of Student Advising & Support | email@example.com | 210-458-6517
Barbara Smith | Executive Director of Undergraduate Advising | firstname.lastname@example.org | 210-458-5586
The UTSA Police Department’s goal is to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of immigration status. We will not routinely ask for anyone’s immigration status during the course of our normal police duties.
Lt. Thomas Calucci | University Police | email@example.com | 210-458-4421
Emergency | 210-458-4911
The University Career Center is dedicated to helping DACA students in their career development process, assisting with the process of finding, applying and connecting with opportunities of which they are eligible.
Martin Saenz | Career Counselor, Career Services | Martin.Saenz2@utsa.edu | 210-458-4589
Counseling Services welcomes students with immigration status concerns. Students can access counselors in a safe, supportive and confidential space.
Dr. Melva Torne-Boyd | Psychologist | firstname.lastname@example.org | 210-458-4140
The Student Center for Community Engagement & Inclusion is a safe space for all UTSA students and promotes inclusion as both a process and an outcome that allows everyone to participate fully in campus life and the San Antonio community.
Lydia Bueno | Assistant Dean of Students, Director of the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion | email@example.com | 210-458-7968
Students who have been classifed as Texas residents for tuition purposes may also be eligible to received state financial aid. Additionally, undocumented students may be eligibile for certain scholarships.
Undocumented graduate and doctoral students may be eligible for an in-state tuition waiver; please contact us for more information.
Ana Leos | Associate Director of Graduate Admissions | firstname.lastname@example.org | 210-458-4681
Undocumented graduate students in need of academic assistance can contact Ginger Hernandez in the Graduate School.
Ginger Hernandez | Assistant to the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School | email@example.com | 210-458-6878
UTSA students can contact International Student Services (ISS) regarding immigration questions or concerns. While ISS does not provide legal services, we are able to provide specific immigration resources and answer general immigration questions.
Courtney Balderas | Assistant Director of Dreamers Resource Center | firstname.lastname@example.org | 210-458-7267
In addition to the staff/offices listed above, there are faculty members in each college who can assist undocumented students with issues related to the college or department. Students needing further assistance or faculty who have questions about supporting undocumented students can contact Dr. Lilliana Saldana, associate professor in the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, at email@example.com or 210-458-4426.
Dr. Antonio Petrov, Assistant Professor
MNT 3.380K | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Lisa Montoya, Associate Dean
BB 2.01.08 | email@example.com | 210-458-5782
Dr. Krystel Castillo, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
AET 2.303 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 210-458-8746
Dr. Vivianna Rojas, Associate Professor, Communication
MB 2.248P | email@example.com | 210-458-7726
Dr. Catherine Nolan-Ferrell, Associate Professor, History
MH 4.04.34 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 210-458-7452
Dr. Alistair Welchman, Associate Professor, Philosophy
MH 4.05.30M | email@example.com | 210-458-7215
Dr. Patricia Jaramillo, Lecturer III, Public Administration
DBB 4.114 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 210-458-2716
Dr. Edwin Barea-Rodriguez, Associate Dean
FLN 3.02.18 | email@example.com | 210-458-5481
Prof. John Phillip Santos, Distinguished Senior Lecturer
MS 4.02.20 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 210-458-8843
Prof. Lindsay Ratcliffe, Lecturer III, Writing Core Program
GSR 1.112L | email@example.com | 210-458-7727
Dr. Susan Colorado-Burt, Lecturer II, Academic Inquiry & Scholarship
MS 1.02.04 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 210-458-7511
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Department of Homeland Security