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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 who contributed to the development of this guide.
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
Immigration has been a topic of national conversation. Some of that conversation has been focus on undocumented immigrants in the United States and on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Status of DACA is uncertain at this time. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Renew DACA today at the Immigration Law Clinic.
DACA Clinic Feb. 27 and March 11
Please share this with anyone who it may benefit. Open to all! Are you a first-time DACA applicant? Do you need guidance with DACA? Attend this DACA Clinic for first-time applicants.
Undocu FinAid Event Feb. 25
Please share this with anyone who may be interested! Join UNLV’s UndocuNetwork on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to learn how to find scholarships and more as an undocumented student. Please register online.
The Wiliam S. Boyd School Of Law Immigration Clinic at UNLV offers a university community legal services program, UNLV’s first-ever program to provide immigration legal services to the university community. Launched in July 2018, the clinic offers legal advice and representation to UNLV students, staff, and their family members FREE OF CHARGE. Call 702-895-2080 for more information or to make an appointment. Services available to those who qualify and as resources allow.
NSHE Virtual DACA Town Hall with Chancellor Reilly .The Nevada System of Higher Education held a town hall with Chancellor Reilly at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, 2020 to discuss concerns around the uncertainty of the Supreme Court DACA decision and its impacts on immigrant students and staff. Information about this event can be found on this webpage.
"Roots & Resilience: Healing for Undocumented Communities
The Undocumented Student Program and Student Diversity & Social Justice (SDSJ) will be hosting a healing workshop at noon on Friday, May 1, 2020 with information about immigration-related stress, as well as supportive resources and strategies for coping. Learn more and join the conversation through SDSJ’s Instagram account (@unlvsdsj)."
"Students requiring renewal fee assistance can also apply to the Supporting Our Students (S.O.S.) Emergency Student Relief Fund."
"The Supporting Our Students (S.O.S.) Emergency Student Relief Fund provides both one-time (per academic year) funding when assistance is needed with unexpected emergencies as well as sustained financial coaching to develop budgetary literacy skills. All current students are eligible to apply for S.O.S. funding in instances including, but not limited to, funding DACA renewals. "
"This resource guide was created by immigrants for immigrants to identify resources during the Covid-19 pandemic. Immigrants and Refugees across the state of Nevada can find specific information regarding access and resources for those that have a sensitive immigration status.
For information about this guide, contact the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada at (775) 348-7557 or by email at email@example.com; Make the Road Nevada at (702) 907-1560 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or the Nevada Office for New Americans at (702) 486-0800 or by email at email@example.com."
On this page (https://www.cortezmasto.senate.gov/resource-guides), Nevada Senator Cortez Mastro provides resource guides for Nevada residents, including a guide for immigrants. The guides are available in English and Spanish, and must be downloaded in Adobe pdf format.
Everyone living in the US has certain basic rights under the US Constitution. It is important that we all assert and protect our basic rights.https://www.nilc.org/get-involved/community-education-resources/know-your-rights/
"Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants. At NILC, we believe that all people who live in the U.S.—regardless of their race, gender, immigration and/or economic status—should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Over the years, we’ve been at the forefront of many of the country’s greatest challenges when it comes to immigration issues, and play a major leadership role in addressing the real-life impact of polices that affect the ability of low-income immigrants to prosper and thrive."
"Its been 10 years since the DREAM act was once introduced. We’ve seen it fail multiple times in congress and it is time that we make it a reality. It is time that we unite as one and send a loud message to Washington telling our President, Senators, and Representatives that we are not giving up and we will fight for the DREAM act until it becomes a reality. Together we will bring our message to every community in Las Vegas, engaging our parents and allies in the discussion of what we need to do to make this happen." For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Serving Clark County: "ACT is a community-based non-profit organization serving working Latin American families.ACT advocates to unite and guide working immigrants, independent of their race, nationality, religion, language, sex, age and immigration status. Our mission is to defend and advocate for the rights of the immigrant community."
"Focusing on the personal stories of Dreamers and their families, The Dream Is Now calls for common sense reform that gives all undocumented immigrants the chance to earn their citizenship and contribute fully to our society."
"Scholarships and fellowships are essential for many undocumented students to pay for higher education, especially students who do not qualify for in-state tuition and state-based financial aid. Undocumented students pursuing higher education need to know that scholarships and fellowships are available to them—regardless of their immigration status. This year, we’ve expanded our Scholarship and Fellowship Lists with 222 BRAND-NEW scholarships and 80 fellowships. The complete list now contains 344 undergraduate and 302 graduate/post-graduate scholarships and fellowships that do not require proof of citizenship or legal permanent residency (425 are open to individuals who don’t have DACA):"
"Thousands of DREAMers want nothing more than the opportunity to get a college education and give back to their families, their communities, and this country. At TheDream.US, we work with a community of partners to provide that opportunity. Our approach is designed to scale and deliver relevant and sustainable impact."
"Our goal at The Patrick Kelley Youth Foundation is to aid in the advancement of underprivileged children throughout the Las Vegas Valley. We provide scholarship support and educational incentives to children for meeting their academic, social and life goals."
"Our mission at My Undocumented Life blog is to provide up-to-date information and resources to undocumented immigrants. We post scholarship opportunities that are open to undocumented students, strategies for navigating the educational system, information on how to apply for DACA/Advanced Parole, news on DAPA, and much more"
"...Informed Immigrant has become both a digital hub and offline network offering the most up-to-date and accessible information and guidance for the undocumented immigrant community.
Nevada Immigrant Coalition
Resources on the Stigma of Being Undocumented
Undocumented by Aviva Chomsky
Publication Date: 2014-05-13
Explores what it means to be undocumented in a legal, social, economic and historical context .
Dear America by Jose Vargas
Publication Date: 2018-09-18
Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, called "the most famous undocumented immigrant in America," tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms. Born in the Philippines and brought to the U.S. illegally as a 12-year-old, Vargas hid in plain-sight for years, writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country (The Washington Post, The New Yorker) while lying about where he came from and how he got here. After publicly admitting his undocumented status--risking his career and personal safety--Vargas has challenged the definition of what it means to be an American, and has advocated for the human rights of immigrants and migrants during the largest global movement of people in modern history.