Rights and Recommendations

The following resources provide basic information about knowing your rights in the U.S. and recommendations for increasing safety.

I am a current DACA recipient, what should I do now?

(Update 7/23/2018)

There is a strong push from immigration advocates for all DACA recipients to renew (including those with expired work permits as they are still eligible) if your DACA is expiring within the next year.  For information and resources about DACA renewals, please see the following websites:

RenewMyDACA.com,

InformedImmigrant.com/guides/daca

DACA Renewal Fee and Scholarships

Free Assistance with DACA Renewal

  • NWIRP – Offers free DACA Renewal workshops

When does the Real ID Act go into place in Washington?

(Update 9/13/2018)

Washington state residents can continue to use their standard driver’s license for domestic air travel until October 1, 2020.  After this date, WA driverʻs licenses will continue to be valid for driving and crossing state lines by car or train as well as access federal facilities like courts, Social Security offices, national parks, and health care facilities.
Here are some overview pages which give more details:

Legal Resources

Contact information for local law offices doing immigration work.

Northwest Immigrants Rights Project defends and advocates for the rights of immigrants through programing and direct services.

Seattle located OneAmerica® was formed directly after September 11, 2001 in response to the hate crimes and discrimination targeting Arabs, Muslims and South Asians. Called Hate Free Zone at the time, the organization expanded to organize and advocate with many diverse communities of color. OneAmerica has now grown into a leading force for immigrant, civil and human rights and offers a directory of resources including legal support. Learn more on the OneAmerica resource website.

Seattle United for Immigrant and Refugee Families, The City of Seattle will offer FREE legal services and information for immigrant and refugee families. More information on the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs website.

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) can help find a lawyer in your area. Visit their website here.

Financial Aid & Access to Course Materials

Although undocumented students are unable to qualify for federal student aid using the FAFSA, there are a number of scholarships at PLU and beyond to make attending a private college possible.  Additionally, faculty, staff, and students have been working to insure that access to course materials is not a barrier to student success through the development of the Lute Library and Course Reserves.

The Lute Library & Course Reserves seeks to build a library of current course materials (books, clickers, etc) to increase student accessibility to learning materials through the Library’s Course Reserves system. Course materials in the Lute Library are available for checkout at the library front desk. The length of checkout will depend on the faculty member, with 2hr and 24hr being the most frequent. If the item is on 2hr reserve, you can either read it in the library, photocopy the pages, or scan them to email at the printers available.

Undocumented students seeking course material financial assistance are invited to request their materials through a confidential process. When a student requests textbooks, the Task Force works through donations to get the books added to the Lute Library & Course Reserves.  Also, the Task Forces works to secure additional required course materials such as clickers, lab coats, and access codes.

Submit course material request for Summer and Fall 2018

Check to see if your course books are available for in the Library’s Course Reserves this semester

In Spring 2016 the PLU4US campaign raised funds to support undocumented students at PLU seeking support for Tuition aid, Textbooks, Leadership development, Internships and research, Aid for legal fees.  Undocumented Students seeking this support are encouraged to connect with their Student Financial Services contact, a member of the PLU Task Force working for and with undocumented students, or email undocu@plu.edu for assistance.  

Undocumented students attending PLU are considered for the university’s academic and artistic achievement scholarships in the same manner as domestic students. Academic awards are made on the basis of a student’s record of academic achievement in high school or college and artistic achievement scholarships are awarded on the basis of an in-person or video audition or by submitting a portfolio of their work.

My Undocumented Life released their up to date curated list of scholarships for Undocumented Students. Visit their website here for more information. (September, 2017).

Beyond HB1079 is a student leadership project founded at the University of Washington in 2012. In addition to an annual leadership conference, they prepare and annual scholarship list with Washington State scholarships, Nationwide scholarships, and Washington State Higher Education Institution Scholarships. Visit the Beyond HB-1079 website under Scholarships to view their full list for this year.

WACC VISTA Scholarship Resources: DREAMER Support Navigator Vista at Seattle Central Community College curated a 2017-2018 list of scholarships, organized by due date, available to students in Washington State. Visit their website here for more information.

Educators for Fair Consideration’s mission is to empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals. They released a 2016-2017 list of scholarships that do not require proof of US citizenship or legal residency. Check out this online document HERE.

Mental Health & Wellness

PLU is investing in training and engaging in shared learning to ensure our capacity to provide responsive mental health and health resources to all of our students, including undocumented students.

Counseling Center:
AUC 3rd Floor
Mon – Fri: 8:00am-5:00pm
The Counseling Center offers free counseling to all PLU students. To schedule an appointment, please call 253-535-7206 or come to our office.

Health Center
121st St. & Park Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
Mon – Fri: 8:00am-5:00pm

The Health Center Offers primary healthcare services to all PLU students. If this is your first time using the Health Center they recommend calling in to schedule your first visit. Call us at 253-535-7337 to schedule your first visit with us. If you have previously visited the Health Center you can easily request an appointment by logging into your MyChart account and going to the Visits tab. From there you can schedule, cancel, and view upcoming appointments with the Health Center 24/7.

Mental Health Emergency Tool Kit designed by The UndocuHealth Project Emergency Toolkit was designed to alleviate not only the stress and anxiety of folks across the nation and keep ours families secure, but also to give the reader tools that will allow them to conduct safe zone events and incorporate stress reducing activities within their community work and daily lives.

Puentes mobilizes mental health resources to help undocumented migrants and their families cope and flourish despite our broken immigration system. They create innovating therapeutic spaces to promote social healing, the recovery of social agency, and engage community members to work towards immigration justice in the US. For more information about their resources visit the Puentes website.

Lute Library

Undocumented Students are invited to submit their course material requests for Summer and Fall 2018.

Questions?

For questions regarding the Gold Group, resources for undocumented students, future training sessions, or donations to the PLU4US Campaign, please visit the Diversity Center or write us at undocu@plu.edu

A member of the Task Force working with and for Undocumented Students will respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible.

Study Away

The Wang Center offers students opportunity to study away both domestically and internationally experiences.  Currently, The Wang Center is advising students with DACA status not pursue study abroad opportunities until the future of the program is known.  For more questions please connect with Dr. Tamara Williams at williatr@plu.edu

NAFSA (the Association for International Educators) has provided up to date information about advising undocumented students interested in studying and traveling abroad.  The following links provide support and reference to advising students to not pursue study abroad opportunities until the future of DACA is known.

Career Connections

Student with DACA are eligible to work on and off campus with work authorization documents. Most students choose to provide an I-766 (the card issued to undocumented individuals who are authorized to work temporarily in the U.S.) or I-551 (the Permanent Resident Card). A full list of documents can be found on Page 3 of the I-9 Form. Additionally, a Social Security number is required to fill out the W-4 form.

Career Connections is the office that supports students interested in exploring on and off campus employment. On and off campus jobs can be found on the Career Connections Opportunities Board. If any student wants assistance looking for a job or wants assistance developing a resume and cover letter, please schedule an appointment with Career Connections. Students who are offered and accept an on campus job will come to Ramstad 112 (M-F, 8a-5p, closed noon-1p for lunch) to fill out the I-9 and W-4 documents.