In response to the recent announcement by the federal government to rescind DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the U and I Care program would like to share some important information. Please know that UIC supports all students and is prepared to provide assistance.
It is important to understand how the current decision may impact you. As it stands now, new applications will not be accepted. If you are currently receiving protection under the program, you will NOT immediately lose that protection. You will be able to continue under the program until your two-year term expires. The same applies to DACA students who received work permits.
According to the Homeland Security memorandum, if your current DACA term expires before March 5, 2018, you may apply for a renewal but you must do so no later than October 5, 2017.
To those students impacted by the rescission of the DACA program, UIC stands with you. We encourage you to take advantage of various services on campus. If you would like to talk to someone about ways to cope with the negative feelings you may be experiencing, please contact the Counseling Center. Students can also meet with an attorney to address any legal questions or concerns by calling Student Legal Services (SLS). There is no charge for using the Counseling Center or SLS and both offices will maintain confidentiality with respect to information about your immigration status. To make an appointment with the Counseling Center, call (312) 996-3490 or visit their office in Suite 2010 SSB. To contact SLS, please call (312) 996-9214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember to call UIC Police at (312) 355-5555 if you are approached on campus by a federal law enforcement agent, such as the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Generally, you are not required to respond to questions or provide information, and if you are obligated in any way, the UIC Police will be able to help you make that determination. Additionally, please be careful when responding to offers from private services claiming they can resolve your undocumented status. Many individuals have fallen victim to scams which have resulted in significant financial losses. If you have any questions about private immigration law services, contact SLS.
For additional general information on DACA, go to:https://www.ilrc.org/sites/default/files/resources/if_daca_ends.pdf
For a DACA Toolkit for Educators, created by Educators for Fair Consideration, go to:http://e4fc.org/images/E4FC_DACAEducatorToolkit.pdf
The U and I Care partners across campus would like to offer support and assistance to UIC students who may have been affected by the catastrophic flooding and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. We recognize that there may be UIC students who have family and friends that live in the affected areas. We encourage you to utilize campus resources for support including the Counseling Center and the Office of the Dean of Students.
In addition, you can get involved and/or contribute to national and local agencies currently providing relief efforts. Some examples include the American Red Cross, Feeding Texas, the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation) and United Way. You should contact them directly for more information.
The UandICare program is happy to introduce a new video entitled, “You are Welcome Here.” UIC is proud to join a national campaign that aims to create more welcoming campus environments for diverse populations.
The following video is a collaborative, campus initiative designed to welcome all students to our campus. A small gesture, even just saying, ‘you are welcome here’ can make a big difference.
The U and I Care program is an initiative by the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) to strengthen the University of Illinois at Chicago's network of care for students. The purpose of the program is to provide options and resources for students facing personal difficulties and to empower other students and university personnel to take action when such concerns arise.
If you or the student you are assisting has an emergency, please call UIC Police at (312) 555-5555 or Chicago Police at 911. You can also contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (312) 996-4857 for all other matters requiring immediate attention. U and I Care partners are also available throughout campus. U and I Care partners are faculty, staff and students who have made a special commitment to not only assisting students but to do so by providing a safe and supportive environment where you can feel free to share anything and not feel that you will be judged in any way. We will provide you with options for reporting and addressing any concerns U and I Care partners may be contacted by students who are concerned for themselves or by any individual concerned for a student. For a listing of U and I Care partners and their contact information, click here.
Students who need assistance with matters that do not require immediate attention or to report a student of concern to the Office of the Dean of Students, click on the button below: