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UTSA launches Dreamers Resource Center website

UTSA launches Dreamers Resource Center website

(Sept. 22, 2017) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has launched a Dreamers Resource Center website, which comprises all the university’s available resources to assist and support DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients and other undocumented students.

“As a community, we must do everything we can to help our fellow Roadrunners in their time of need,” President Taylor Eighmy said in a statement earlier this month. “If you know Dreamer students, now is the time to give them emotional support during all the uncertainty and fear they will face in the months to come. They will need their friends and faculty/staff mentors now more than ever.”

Of particular note, UTSA is hosting two DACA clinics on Saturday, Sept. 23, in collaboration with RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services). UTSA students who are eligible to re-apply for DACA status can get assistance with completing their renewal applications before the Oct. 5 deadline. The clinics will be held at both the Main Campus and Downtown Campus.

The Dreamers Resource Center website was launched in response to the announcement earlier this month to eliminate the DACA program.

In addition to identifying UTSA staff and offices who can help resolve questions regarding residency, financial aid and other concerns, the website include information on external legal and government resources. It also lists faculty members in each college who are ready to assist undocumented students with issues related to the college or department.

“UTSA serves a large population of undocumented and DACA students—and we do it with great pride,” said Mauli Agrawal, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We want to make sure that UTSA provides all the resources we can to assist these students during this very difficult time.”

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