CU Boulder Supports
Are you a CU Boulder student or employee who is undocumented and/or a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiary? Do you need to talk to someone about your academic, employment or other issues? You are not alone. The university offers counseling and support services for students and employees, and you are enncouraged to take full advantage of them during these uncertain times.
- Academic advising is available for undergraduate students with advisers who understand the needs of DACA and Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow (ASSET) students. Call 303-735-6269 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Financial support is available through the Student Relief Fund established by the CU Board of Regents and guidance is provided by the Office of Financial Aid. Call 303-492-5091 or email Brenda.Navarrete@Colorado.EDU for more information.
If you just need to talk to someone about your situation, one-on-one, confidential counseling and support is available:
- Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) offers confidential mental health services for enrolled students for a variety of concerns. CAPS is a multicultural, multidisciplinary, and multi-theoretical staff. We are committed to affirming diversity and seek to provide a safe and welcoming environment for everyone we serve. To make an appointment, call 303-492-2277.
- The Office of Victim Assistance provides free and confidential trauma-informed counseling and advocacy specifically related to crime, violence, abuse, discrimination, experience of bias, and policy violations. OVA is a resource to learn more about your options, get help navigating systems, and/or process the impact of the traumatic experiences. For more questions call 303-492-8855 or email email@example.com
- Staff/faculty may access counseling through the Faculty & Staff Assistance Program.
- Students and staff who need legal assistance may consult with bilingual law students in English, Spanish and French at the Immigration Law Clinic at Colorado Law, the university’s law school. Call 303-492-8126 for more information.
- The spring Law Clinic starts in mid-January, but students and staff can ask for assistance at any time. Consultations are free and confidential, but there may be costs associated with U.S. Department of Homeland Security applications and other paperwork.
- Initial legal consultations are also available through the Student Legal Services office.
- Prof. Violeta Chapin teaches the Immigration Defense Clinic at Colorado Law School. She and her student attorneys assist undocumented students, staff and community members with various legal matters relating to immigration removal defense, DACA renewals, criminal defense and asylum. Undocumented students are encouraged to contact Prof. Chapin for legal questions related to their immigration status and/or that of their family members.
CU Hosts UndocuAllies Information Sessions
Informational sessions for students, staff and faculty who want to learn more about how to support DACA and ASSET students are held on campus at various times. Please contact the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE) for more information about UndocuAlly sessions. If your department or unit would like to attend an UndocuAlly session, please submit a request here.
Free DACA Renewal Assistance
The Criminal/Immigration Defense Clinic will work primarily with undocumented college students enrolled at universities and community colleges across the state of Colorado. Law students provide assistance with DACA renewals. Due to a federal court order, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed accepting requests to renew deferred action under DACA.
December 8, 2020: Following a decision by the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on December 4, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has now updated its website to confirm that they are now considering first-time DACA requests, renewal requests, Advanced Parole requests, and extending renewals once again for 2 years. Please see the DHS website for more information. Colorado Law Immigration Clinics will be able to help affected students and staff renew DACA applications and work authorizations, and provide grant funding to help pay for related fees.