DACA / Undocumented Students

Know Your Rights

Legal Support at Syracuse University (not official legal counsel)

  • Jennifer Gavilondo, Associate General Counsel, Office of University Counsel, jgavilon@syr.edu

Legal Resources in Syracuse

Campus Support and Resources

Below are numerous resources that can help you navigate our campus community. Some individuals have been highlighted who are sensitive to the needs of DACA/Undocumented students and students with “mixed-status families”.

DACA/Undocumented Student Liaison
Huey Hsiao
Associate Director
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Schine Student Center, Suite 105
315.443.9676
huhsiao@syr.edu

Academic Advising
Academic advisors at Syracuse University all support DACA/Undocumented students and students with “mixed-status families”. They are aware of the issues facing undocumented students and are prepared to support these students. (There will soon be particular individuals in each school and college trained to assist students. These names will be posted once their training is complete.)

Admissions and Financial Aid
The Office of Admissions is generally your first point of contact at Syracuse University. Undocumented students and students with DACA status should connect with the International Admissions team if they have questions. We are very happy to assist you with navigating the nuances of the application process to Syracuse University.

Jennifer Mathews
Director, International Admissions
200 Crouse-Hinds Hall
315.443.3611

jmmathew@syr.edu

Institutional need-based aid is available for undocumented undergraduate students regardless of DACA status. Aid is based on your completion of the CSS Profile application. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required. For more information on how to apply, please contact Shelley Crawford.

Scholarship Information

Shelley Crawford
Assistant Director
200 Bowne Hall
315.443.1513
slegette@syr.edu

Career Services
Syracuse University Career Services can help connect your dots, from your first year through your last, and beyond. With a team focused on helping you discover your passions, explore your options, build skills, and make connections, we can assist you in discovering who you want to be and where you want to go. We can assist you in finding internships and job opportunities, exploring graduate and law programs, or discussing your career goals.

Chuck Reutlinger
Associate Director
Schine Student Center, Suite 235
315.443.3616
clreutli@syr.edu

Counseling Center
The Counseling Center supports and enhances student health and wellness by providing comprehensive and holistic mental health, substance abuse, and sexual assault and relationship violence-related services. Operating within a multicultural framework and with a social justice orientation, the Counseling Center strives to assist students by providing support during times of crisis, providing advocacy when needed, facilitating problem resolution, enhancing coping skills, promoting personal growth, and supporting academic success.

Kizzie P. Walker
Staff Therapist
200 Walnut Place
315.443.4715
kwalke02@syr.edu

Finding your “Home”
These departments, offices, and centers are more than just places to take a class, listen to a lecture, or participate in a program. They are places where you can find someone who will listen to you and that can provide community and support. They can be a place where you can find a “home”. Participating in a mentoring program is great way to actively learn how to navigate the campus, and to be supported in engaging in the student experience. A list of mentoring programs can also be found below.

 

Graduate School
Graduate study and research have been recognized as a critical piece of Syracuse University’s mission since its inception in 1870. Today, every school and college at Syracuse offers graduate study, and the University awards approximately 1,700 master’s degrees and certificates of advanced study and 150 doctoral degrees annually. In all, more than 135 graduate degree and certificate programs are offered at the University.

Glenn Wright
Director of Programs
304 Lyman Hall
315.443.3458
glwright@syr.edu

 

Office of Student Assistance
Student Assistance case managers provide comprehensive prevention, outreach and follow up services to identify and assist students in need of support in managing any aspects of their well-being. Case Managers work collaboratively with both off and on campus resources to proactively identify and serve students in need. Student Assistance takes a strength based approach and strives to create safer spaces for all in which resilience, self-advocacy, and personal and academic success are achieved.

Effective case management prioritizes the safety and security of the University community and works to ensure that individual students have access to appropriate resources and support services.

Sarah Solomon
Director
306 Steele Hall
315.443.4357
stsolomo@syr.edu

 

Public Safety
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure living, learning and working environment in partnership with those it serves by respectfully employing the highest professional standards and providing exceptional services to the Syracuse University community.

It is not DPS’s responsibility to enforce federal laws regarding immigration status, and DPS will not inquire about the immigration status of students.

Kathleen Pabis
Commander
005 Sims Hall
315.443.5735
kmpabis@syr.edu

 

Off-Campus Resources

Contacts within relevant multicultural student organizations

Here is a small sampling of student organizations that may interest undocumented students.

Here is the list of over 300 student organizations.