New Campus Rescource! AB540 and Undocumented Student Center
Posted on October 6, 2014
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.
Confidential legal counsel
Access to counseling support
Education for AB540 allies
Information and assistance on:
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
California Dream Act
Life after college
And much more!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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