Dear SF State Faculty, Staff, and Students:
San Francisco State University has between 500-700 undocumented students as well as students with undocumented family members all of whom will be directly impacted by the removal of Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the president elect’s deportation promise. We can’t say that we have the answers to all the questions you may have but know that we will provide you with the resources to assist our students. We hope this packet can guide you in better supporting our AB 540/ undocumented students as they begin to seek guidance from their SF State family. Students will need support in the healing process as well as in their advocacy efforts. In the following sections you will find detailed resources that are available on and off campus.
Support on Campus:
Counseling and Psychological Services Center, Student Services Building Room 208
Open Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Fridays: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: (415) 338-2208 TDD: (415) 338-4321 Fax: (415) 338-6149
- One on one appointments available: We have connected with Counseling and Psychological Services to ensure students are getting the support they need. Students can schedule appointments or come in for a walk-in.
- UndocuTalks: We have partnered with Clinical Counselor Yolanda Gamboa to provide a safe space where students can come together to talk and debrief as a group.
AB 540 Dream Office, Student Services Building Room 206
- One on one appointments available
- AB 540 residency support
- Dream aid support
- Legal referrals
- One stop shop for campus resources if students don’t know where to go or who to ask for help
Financial Aid One Stop, Student Services Building 1st Floor
Catherine Custodio, Financial Aid Counselor, AB 540 Advisor, CA Dream Act Coordinator
Phone: (415) 338-2612 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rose Carmona, Financial Aid Counselor, AB 540 Advisor, CA Dream Act Coordinator
Phone: (415) 338-2588 Email: email@example.com
University Police Department, on the Lake Merced Blvd side of the campus on North State Drive
Open 24 hours/365 days
In case of EMERGENCY dial 9-1-1 from a campus phone line
or (415) 338 -2222 from a cell phone.
Non-emergency: (415) 338-7200
AB 540/Undocumented Students Educational Equity Task Force
A group of staff, faculty, and students came together in 2012 to establish this task force to institutionalize equitable pathways for undocumented students. Today we are proud to have over 13 members. We have attached the list of our members at the end of this packet. Please post in your offices for reference.
Improving Dreams, Equity, Access, and Success (IDEAS)
This is a student-led organization that supports and advocates for undocumented/ AB 540 students at SF State. Students meet weekly. For more information you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emotional Wellness Tips for AB540/Undocumented Students
By: SF State’s Counseling and Psychological Services
The past two years have been incredibly stressful as an AB540/Undocumented student during the election process. As many of you have heard the results of the election this brings up many feelings for each of you. Each of you are trying to understand and make sense about what it means to have a president that has targeted immigrants in our country. I would like to provide some helpful tips to keep in mind in the next couple of days, weeks and months.
ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR EMOTIONS: It is normal to have mixed feelings including sadness, fear, anxiety, anger, disgust and other feelings. Check in with yourself and ask what am I feeling?
Feeling Targeted: You may feel targeted as media and other communication sources talk about immigration. Please try to refrain from watching media in the next few days.
ALLOW YOURSELF TO GRIEVE: You may be feeling the need to grieve the loss of the outcome of the election. Share with others what other losses this is triggering including the fear and potential loss of family to deportation or the fear of your own deportation.
TALK TO YOUR SUPPORT SYSTEM: Have at least three people that you feel you can talk to when you are feeling down (examples, parents, siblings, friends, professors, AB540/undocumented allies).
STAY SAFE: Be sure that you think about your safety in the days to come as you may encounter heated discussions or physical altercations. Although you have a right to be angry, ensure that you are not responding with violence unless it is for self-defense.
ENGAGE IN SELF CARE: Think about self-soothing activities that you can engage in to reduce stress such as exercise, dancing, hiking, listening to music. Imagine a place that makes you feel at peace.
BUILD COMMUNITY: Remember to reach out to community and come together. As a community, how can you address the changes in our country and environment?
DEVELOP A PLAN: Think about developing an action plan to take care of yourself. Helping others sometimes can shift the focus for you including volunteering or joining social advocacy groups. Connect with organizations such as IDEAS at SF State, AB 540 Dream Office, United We Dream, E4FC, and others.
SEEK COUNSELING: Remember that you can seek personal counseling if you are feeling increasingly anxious, panic attacks, insomnia, trouble getting out of bed, difficulty concentrating on academics, increased crying depressed. Counseling and Psychological Services is in SSB 208, (415) 338-2208.
HELP A FRIEND: Also watch out for friends or peers that may be in distress, walk them to counseling or call Counseling and Psychological Services is in SSB 208, (415) 338-2208.
Other Mental Health Resources:
Regardless of what happens undocumented students still have certain basic human rights. Below are trusted links from organizations with detailed list of these rights:
- National Immigration Law Center: Know Your Rights
- MALDEF, The Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America: Immigrants’ Rights Under a Trump Presidency
- United We Dream: Know Your Rights; Protect Yourself Against Immigration Raids
CA Dream Aid:
DACA is NOT and never has been a criteria for completing the CA Dream application. It is NOT and never has been an eligibility criteria for Dream Cal Grants, Dream State University Grants, and Dream EOP Grants. To the best of our knowledge, state aid for eligible AB 540 students will not be affected by any changes to DACA.
The Office of Student Financial Aid staff is here to support you through your academic pursuits.
A lot of students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals are feeling fear of what the future holds. The president's administration has announced that as of September 5th DACA has been rescinded and no new DACA applications will be accepted. Do not apply for DACA if they are applying for the first time. Individuals whose DACA expires before March 5, 2018 must reapply before October 5th, 2016. Please have students contact a legal expert as soon as possible. For more information about the DACA announceent please visit our CSU Fact Sheet Regarding the Rescission of DACA.
- Mission Asset Fund can assisting undocumented individuals in finding ways to pay for your DACA renewal. Check them out for more info or ask me how they can help. The DACA renewal process will increase from $380 to $495 on December 23rd.
Please make sure you are receiving and forwarding accurate legal information from trusted lawyers and organizations like:
It is ok for undocumented individuals to find out if they qualify for other immigration options. For more information about immigration options check out Educators for Fair Consideration’s (E4FC) Beyond Deferred Action: Long-Term Remedies That Every Undocumented Young Person Should Know About.
For no to low cost immigration law support individuals can contact the following Legal Centers in San Francisco:
African Advocacy Network: 938 Valencia Street | San Francisco, CA 94110 Phone: (415) 503-1032
- You can set up an appointment via phone
API Legal Outreach: 1121 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 Phone: (415) 567-6255
- You can set up an appointment via phone
- E4FC Legal Advocates: E4FC’s Legal Advocates service is free, anonymous and open to any undocumented young person (14-35) living in the U.S.
La Raza Centro Legal: 474 Valencia Street, #295, San Francisco, CA 94103 Phone: 415-575-3500
You can set up an appointment with them by:
- Emailing Edwin Carmona-Cruz at Edwin@lrcl.org or Marcos Pacheco at email@example.com
- Providing your name and contact number
- Providing a brief description of your immigration issue (ie. I want to find out if I qualify for DACA)
- Letting them know that SF State's AB 540 Dream Coordinator, Norma Salcedo has referred you
- You can set up an appointment with them by:
For more detailed legal information please visit:
DACA Students are not recommended to travel beyond January 20 since the president can remove DACA and Advance Parole at any time. If DACA students have plans to visit another country after January 20 it is advised to not travel after this date. For more information you can contact any of the Legal Experts mentioned above. Learn more about this here:
If students are planning to fly on or after January 20 they need to make sure they are flying domestically with a valid ID. Legal experts are advising that undocumented individuals do not travel using an AB 60 driver’s license but regular licenses are perfect.
Health Care Information:
Undocumented students may be having concerns about their health care. Below is some information about the health care programs that are at risk post January 20:
- Health Access, Our Health Care At Risk: Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act
- CA Budget and Policy Center, With Trump's Victory, Millions of Californians Are at Risk of Losing Access to Affordable Health Care Coverage
How Educators can Support:
- Attend an UndocuAlly Training if you would like to learn more about the undocumented student experience and how you can support. Click here for more information about our trainings.
- Keep up to date on current events that may impact the undocumented community including articles written by the Golden Gate Xpress
- You can learn more about the undocumented movement and find educator resources at these sites:
- Our undocumented students come from all walks of life and intersectionalities. Many hold multiple identities impacted by the outcome of the presidential election. Their stories come with pain, grief, resilience, and much more. Allow students to be vulnerable and share their story, fears, and needs. You may not know you have them in your classroom so we encourage you to express support for ALL students who may be affected by the outcome of the presidential election.
As Staff and/or Faculty on campus you can support by advocating for undocumented students in your departments
- Create paid research and professional opportunities through stipends and/or honorariums
- Ensure that your departmental scholarships are available to all students regardless of citizenships status
- Create programs in your departments that support the academic success of all underrepresented populations
- As Staff and/or Faculty on campus you can support by advocating for undocumented students in your departments
Support SF State Resources for Undocumented Students
- You can donate to our Undocumented Student Support and Advocacy Fund. All proceeds go towards creating programming, services, and support to our students at SF State.
- Faculty and Staff have been fundraising to provide scholarships to undocumented students since 2012. We have supported 37 students in which 85% have either graduated or are in the progress of graduating. You can help undergraduate and graduate students graduate by contributing to the Continue the Dream for Academic Excellence Scholarship Fund.
- Staff and Faculty can sign up for payroll deduction to support our scholarship efforts by filling out this form and submitting it to Arina Krasnitskaya, Gift Record Coordinator, in University Development, Administration Bldg Room 153 or 154. You can donate to our Continue the Dream scholarship fund # 47972. For any questions or concerns please call Arina Krasnitskaya at (415) 338-6571.