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About Us

The Undocumented Student Program at Imperial Valley College serves all undocumented students (including those with mixed-status families), faculty/staff, and allies. We strongly advocate for the rights of our undocumented community and work towards creating a better sense of community on campus. We are located in the Student Affairs Office in building 1000. For immediate assistance please call 760-355-6509 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Services

  • Financial Aid
  • Financial Resources
  • Emergency Aid
  • Book Funds
  • Assistance applying for the California Dream Act Application
  • Assistance applying to Imperial Valley College
  • On-Campus Resource Referrals
  • Scholarships
  • Online Events and Workshops

 

Welcome Students

Imperial Valley College welcomes you back to Spring 2022 semester! This semester is full of opportunities and experiences. The Undocumented Student Program is here to support you along your educational journey. We can inform you about various on and off campus resources to assist you on this path. To get any assistance please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit Yareli at the Student Affairs office which is located in building 1000.


Jewish Family Service - HELS

The Higher Education Legal Services (HELS) initiative is a unique opportunity for students, staff, and faculty at local colleges to access personalized Immigration Legal Services from highly qualified legal practitioners. JFS Immigration Attorneys and Department of Justice Representatives are available at local schools to provide culturally-competent, trauma-informed, and reliable expertise to the campus community.

Services include:

  • Immigration eligibility consultations
  • DACA renewal
  • Naturalization
  • Family-based immigration
  • Know Your Rights sessions
  • Emergency Planning & Safety Preparedness
  • Other immigration services

Watch Informational Video Here:

Employee rights (You have rights regardless of immigration status)

College Mental Health/ Counseling

  • Mental Health Counseling Services at the IVC Student Health Center provides short-term individual, couples, family, and group therapy to currently enrolled students.
  • Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from approximately 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. Provider availability may vary during those times.
  • You may contact us at (760) 355-6310 or by visiting us in Room 1536, Next to the Assessment Center (400 Building). Click here to visit the website.

 

10 Steps to Support IVC Undocumented Students

1. Be Visible and Supportive: Update your office and instructional setting to be supportive of undocumented students. Display support signs in your office!
2. Know the Safe Spaces: Check the safe and welcoming spaces for undocumented students in campus.
3. Do Not Force Disclosure: With your students, be patient and create an environment of trust, do not force status disclosure. Wait until the student is ready!
4. The Student is First: Always remember -THE STUDENT IS FIRST- listen to them and be supportive. If the trust is built, ask them to explain their narrative.
5. Campus Resources: Visit the website and check the resources available for our undocumented students.
6. 1-1 Services: All cases are different, make sure to understand the student's situation and refer them correctly.
7. An Umbrella Term: Familiarize and understand the term "undocumented" as well as AB 540, DACA and mixed-status. This will help to understand the student's narrative.
8. Check HELS Immigration Updates: For all immigration updates and policies, revise the different changes pointed out by Higher Education Legal Services.
9. Keep Up to Date: Visit the Undocumented Student Program website and social media. Attend the workshops, events and trainings!
10. Advocate as an Ally! Advocate for change in campus to enhance the educational experience of undocumented students.

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