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Fall 2017


Dream Scholar Fund Scholarships

This fall, we will be awarding $10,000 in scholarships in the form of $500 and $1,000 scholarships. The Dream Scholar Fund Scholarship committee will consider your scholarship application for three types of scholarships as listed below:

  •  Academic: focuses on academic experiences including internships and research experiences
  • Community involvement: focuses on community service and involvement including extracurricular activities, student organizations, etc.
  • Need based: focuses on extenuating financial hardships
  • Scholarships will be awarded within the Fall
  • Fall 2017 Dream Scholar Fund Scholarship App

Faculty Mentorship Program
The Dream Scholar Faculty Mentorship Program pairs students with a faculty member in their major to foster an academic, professional, and personal support network. The idea of this program came from a past undocumented student at UCSB who recognized a need for more support from faculty members. USS developed the idea to the program it is now.

Program Benefits-Through the program, students can learn about research opportunities, career options, academic opportunities, and more about their field. Additionally USS hosts quarterly socials for mentors and mentees to meet each other along with individuals who are part of this program.

We currently have faculty in more than twenty five departments who have volunteered their time to mentor undocumented students. They have been ally trainings and have been informed on how to best support undocumented students. To see a list of current mentors, click here.

Additional Program Benefits-
There are no requirements to the program. This year, we will have the benefit for students to participate in a $1000 scholarship drawing if they meet these two requirements:

  • Meet with faculty mentor at the end of Fall 2017 quarter
  • Attend Fall 2017 Quarterly Social (alternatives to meet requirement are available on a case by case)
  • If accepted into the program, we will follow up with instructions to complete these two requirements

Application Details- If you would like to participate in this program during the Academic Year 2017-2018 please complete the 2017-2018 Faculty Mentorship Program before October 9, 2017 at 12:00pm and submit it to diana.valdivia@sa.ucsb.edu

Career Development Program (NEW)

The Dream Scholar Career Development Program will engage students in activities and workshops aimed toward obtaining career readiness. As defined by the National Association of College and Employers, career readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace. These competencies include critical thinking/problem solving, oral/written communication, information technology application, teamwork/collaboration, leadership, professional/work ethic, and career management. Students who complete the program each quarter will receive a $150 scholarship per quarter involved.

Check out this year's 2017-2018 Career Development Program.

Dream (Book) Lending Library (NEW BOOKS AVAILABLE)

We recognize that many of our students face financial issues as a college student. To help alleviate some of the burden on students, USS, with the help of wonderful faculty, created the Dream Lending Library, from which undocumented students can borrow books they need for a quarter free of charge.

A list of available books can be found here. To request a book please fill out this form (First come-first served availability with a priority deadline of October, 9, 2017

Graduate School Workshop (NEW WORKSHOP AVAILABLE)
Undocumented Student Services (USS) and Career Services will be hosting a 1.5 hour long workshop for graduating seniors who are applying to master’s, law school, business school, and Ph.D. programs this fall. 

Date: October 26, 2017 at 7:00pm | Food will be provided | Priority deadline to register is October 9, 2017 at 12:00PM | Application available via e-mail.





USS Services

General Counseling

Our office provides general counseling to all students seeking support pertaining to being undocumented, having undocumented family members or loved ones, and other relevant issues.
Our office is located in the EOP Suite, on the second floor of the Student Resource Building (SRB). We take walk-in appointments between 9AM-12PM and 1PM-4PM, Mondays to Fridays, however it is best to schedule appointments. To make an appointment, contact us at:


Programming

USS coordinates events throughout the year to provide information and resources and to build community among undocumented students and the wider campus. Past events include financial literacy series, professional development retreat, know your rights sessions, Dream Scholar Faculty Mentor socials, immigration awareness week, and more. We gladly collaborate with other departments to organize events. If you would like to coordinate an event with us, or if you have other questions, contact us at ucsbundocstudentservices@sa.ucsb.edu.

For a full list of upcoming events in the quarter, click here.


Monarch Lounge

The Monarch Lounge is the undocumented student resource center on campus. The space is open to students and organizations for study purposes, events, meetings, etc. To book a space, contact us at ucsbundocstudentservices@sa.ucsb.edu.

The USS coordinator and USS interns will have office hours in the Monarch Lounge and will be available to answer general questions to inquiring students, faculty, and staff.


Dream Lending Library

We recognize that many of our students face financial issues as a college student. To help alleviate some of the burden on students, USS, with the help of wonderful faculty, created the Dream Lending Library, from which undocumented students can borrow books they need for a quarter free of charge.

Our library is still developing, so we are gladly taking donations for textbooks. If you would like to donate, contact us at ucsbundocstudentservices@sa.ucsb.edu.

If you are a student and would like to borrow a book, contact our intern, Alondra.

A list of available books can be found here.


Faculty Mentorship

The Dream Scholar Faculty Mentorship Program pairs students with a faculty member in their major to foster an academic, professional, and personal support network. The idea of this program came from a past undocumented student at UCSB who recognized a need for more support from faculty members. USS developed the idea to the program it is now.

Through the program, students can learn about research opportunities, career options, academic opportunities, and more about their field.

We currently have faculty in more than twenty five departments who have volunteered their time to mentor undocumented students. They have been ally trainings and have been informed on how to best support undocumented students. To see a list of current mentors, click here.

If you would like to participate in this program, either as a mentee or a mentor, contact our intern here.


Legal Services

Through the UC Undocumented Legal Services Center, UCSB students can receive free immigration-related legal services.

For more information, you can visit this page.


Support Groups: Empowerment Circle and UndocuQueer & UndocuTrans

Empowerment Circle is a support group for undocumented students coordinated by CAPS and USS. Meetings occur Thursdays, 2-3PM and are facilitated by Melissa Cordero, PsyD.

UndocuQueer & UndocuTrans is a support group for anyone who identifies as both undocumented and queer or trans. The group was created in collaboration with RCSGD. Meetings occur Thursdays, 7-8:30PM.

Check out CAPS's webpage filled with resources for students and family members.

For locations for both support groups, contact Diana.Valdivia@sa.ucsb.edu.