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Anti-Oppression Resources for UNLV Students: Resources for Undocumented and DACAmented students

For UNLV students, or friends or family who want to help.

About this guide

With a focus on student safety and well-being, this guide is designed to provide general information and links to resources about anti-oppression and related topics such as diversity, inclusion, and social justice for the UNLV academic community. Intended to be non-partisan, many resources offered here are for everyone regardless of political affiliation or viewpoint. In some cases, resources and links related to issues and specific policies proposed by elected officials are part of this guide as these issues and proposed policies directly impact professional and personal lives of members of our community, such as immigrants or people of color. 

We would like to offer our appreciation to the following individuals and other valued colleagues who contributed to the development of this guide.

Christine Clark, Professor, Teaching & Learning

Brittany Fiedler, Teaching & Learning Librarian 

Mariana Sarmiento Hernández

Sue Wainscott, Engineering Librarian

This guide seeks to serve as a starting point and is not meant to be exhaustive. It is our goal to continue its development in response to evolving needs of the community. We welcome suggestions from all members of the UNLV academic community.

If you have feedback about this guide or would like to suggest additional resources, please contact Sue Wainscott, Engineering Librarian



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Resources for Undocumented/DACAmented Students

Immigration has been a topic of national conversation. Some of that conversation has been focused on undocumented immigrants in the United States and on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The status of DACA is uncertain at this time. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Renew DACA today at the Immigration Law Clinic.

July 2024 update- The UNLV Immigration Law Clinic also offers information for undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens.

The UNLV Undocumented Students Program has helpful, up to date information and resources for UNLV students about DACA and other resources for undocumented students. May 2024 update- this includes health insurance eligibility and new scholarship opportunities!

Below you will find a list of resources that might help Undocumented/DACAmented students and those individuals who want to find ways to support Undocumented/DACAmented students.

Stay up-to-date about DACA:  and  Update: April 2024 - The US Department of Education's Federal Student Aid office has an important update on the FAFSA for those without a social security number: (GENERAL-24-52) Update on Access to the 2024-25 FAFSA Form for Individuals Without a Social Security Number

Undocumented/Documented college students and youth are also often referred to as DREAMers. Learn more about the DREAM Act: proposed legislation that would benefit them, on Wikipedia: 

Read this profile of Mariana Sarmiento, From Dreamer to Dream Come True

Resources at UNLV

Support for Undocumented/DACAmented Students

Resources on the Stigma of Being Undocumented

Scholarly Articles 

Patler, C. (2018). To reveal or conceal: How diverse undocumented youth navigate legal status disclosure. Sociological Perspectives

Vaquera, E., Aranda, E., & Sousa-Rodriguez, I. (2017). Emotional challenges of undocumented young adults: Ontological security, emotional capital, and well-beingSocial Problems64 (2), 298-314. (subscription access only - at this link is available to UNLV students and employees)


Artwork of a young person on a swing in a park-like setting, with the words "Arte de Mujer Fiera". Next to a quote "Though we tremble before uncertain futures may we meet illness, death and adversity with strength may we dance in the face of our fears. -Gloria Anzaldúa"

(Artwork by Anita Revilla, Quote added, Used with permission from the artist)

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