2014-15 AB540 Staff
2014-2015 AB540 and Undocumented Student Center Staff

AB540 and Undocumented Student Center

At the AB540 and Undocumented Student Center, we help empower students to attain their educational goals, overcome legal and financial obstacles and achieve their long-term dreams.

We offer caring and personalized support to undergraduate and graduate undocumented students. At the center, we provide a welcoming and safe space to help students navigate their college experience. The center offers mentoring and encouragement, guidance on educational strategies and financial opportunities, and tools to succeed academically and personally. We increase campus awareness of, and advocate for, AB540 and undocumented student issues. The center fosters a sense of belonging, community and well-being for all undocumented students on campus. We value and understand the experiences AB540 and undocumented students bring to the UC Davis community and are committed to helping them reach their goals and aspirations.

What does it mean to be undocumented?

An undocumented student is a student who has entered or remains in the United States without lawful immigration status. Many arrived in the U.S. as children, and they face unique legal uncertainties and limitations within the U.S. educational system.

What resources does the center provide?

Confidential legal counsel

Academic advising

Access to counseling support

Scholarship information

Education for AB540 allies

College outreach

Financial advising

Information and assistance on:

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

California Dream Act

Life after college

And much more!

Immigration and Legal Services

The center, in collaboration with the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic, offers undocumented students and their families immigration-related legal services on campus. Attorneys and law clerks from the law clinic are available to meet with students by appointment or at the center during designated walk-in office hours. For more information, please call the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic at 530-752-6942.

The following legal services are available free of charge to all students and their families:

Confidential, in-depth consultations and evaluations with immigrant students and their families

Direct representation in immigration court or before immigration agencies where appropriate

Informational and “Know Your Rights” sessions

Legal assistance workshops for people preparing their applications for DACA, DACA renewal, naturalization and other forms of immigration relief

We are here to help

Visit us inside the Student Community Center, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Have questions? Call 530-752-7270 or email Director Andrea Gaytan at agaytan@ucdavis.edu.

Website: http://undocumented.ucdavis.edu/
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/UndocCtr.UCD

About the Director

Andrea Gaytan has more than 15 years of advising and advocacy experience working with underrepresented and underserved student populations. Prior to the AB540 Undocumented Student Center, she served as the assistant director of the UC Davis Cross Cultural Center.

“The AB540 Undocumented Student Center is a powerful place in that it says to students ‘You matter.’ Here undocumented students can be themselves, feel they belong, find community and receive the support they need to achieve their aspirations. ”—Andrea Gaytan