Undocumented and DACA Student Support

Undocumented/DACA Student Support

To support Oakton’s undocumented student population, as well as students protected by DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), Oakton has formed the Undocumented/DACA Student Support Group. The mission of the UDSG is to support Dreamers and their families through advocacy, training, promoting financial resources, and identifying and removing barriers to admissions and student success.

As a college that values our undocumented and DACA students, it is our goal to:

  • Improve awareness of the issues and concerns of Oakton’s undocumented and DACA students and families.
  • Gain knowledge of Oakton’s policies and practices that affect undocumented and DACA students and families.
  • Increase understanding of immigration laws that impact undocumented and DACA students and families.
  • Identify financial resources for undocumented and DACA students and families.
  • Analyze and monitor student success data related to undocumented and DACA students.
  • Partner with local agencies and organizations to help cultivate an open and supportive campus and community environment.
  • Increase community awareness of Oakton Community College’s open, supportive practices towards undocumented and DACA students and families.

We advance these goals and support Oakton’s undocumented student and DACA population by:

  • Advocating for undocumented and DACA students and families at the highest levels of the institution.
  • Creating and conducting ally and advocacy training programs for faculty and other employees.
  • Developing comprehensive print and web resources for faculty and other employees.
  • Providing up-to-date information and materials to students and other members of the community through our website.
  • Working with community partners to provide support, advice and counsel to students and families.
  • Investigating and reviewing college policies and practices that negatively impact undocumented and DACA students, and making recommendations to modify or improve those policies and practices.

Apply as an Undocumented/DACA Student

*DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), an executive memo issued on June 15, 2012, offers undocumented persons under the age of 31, meeting specific criteria, deferred action of deportation. DACA does not provide an individual with lawful status.

Through the Department of Homeland Security, DACA recipients are granted the right to an Illinois driver’s license, a Social Security Number and a work permit. DACA students are eligible for paid internships and student employment.

Federal Resources

Undocumented and DACE Support Team Members

Linda Davis
Alliance for Lifelong Learning

Room B126

Erica Gonzalez 
Academic Advising

Room A105

Jordana Lambropoulos
Alliance for Lifelong Learning

Room B113

Connie Negron
Student Financial Assistance

Room A102
Cheryl Valloni 
Accounting Services

Room 1868
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