BUILDING STRENGTH IN DREAMERS, DACA-mented, UNDOCUMENTED AND/OR IN TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS
UF provides a supportive and inclusive educational environment for UF students regardless of immigration status.
With our professional and compassionate counseling staff at the Counseling and Wellness Center, you can feel comfortable sharing your concerns and be confident that they will be kept confidential. Whatever your reasons for seeking group, short-term, or couples counseling, we are committed to helping you address your concerns as well guiding you through mental health challenges that undocumented students scholars may experience:
- Your feelings about your immigration status
- Fear about deportation
- Difficult adjustment to the university environment
- Uncertainty about your major or future
- Excessive worry or inability to concentrate
- Difficulty with sleep
- Relationship problems
- Family concerns
- Low mood or depression
- Couples therapy
- Sexual orientation or gender identity/ expression concerns
Stay informed of constantly shifting policies, advocacy campaigns, networking opportunities, scholarships, and other financial aid resources,
The Counseling and Wellness Center at the University of Florida do not endorse, support or promote financial or political gain. Our only purpose is to inform UF students about mental health resources.
Undocupeers is an initiative of UF’s Multicultural & Diversity Affairs and part of the Division of Student Affairs Undocumented Student Support Initiative. Its goal is to advocate for policies and resources to improve the educational experience, retention, and graduation rates of students with vulnerable immigration status at UF.
Chispas is the only student run organization at the University of Florida that focuses on immigrant rights and immigrant advocacy. Chispas works to address the pressing needs and issues of the immigrant community through advocacy, service and awareness. Chispas believes in an engaged student body that promotes equal rights, fair treatment, and the empowerment of the immigrant community.
Out-of-State Fee Waiver & Scholarship Opportunities
While undocumented and DACA students do not qualify for federal or state aid this webpage has information about scholarship opportunities for undocumented students attending UF as well as information about applying for an out-of-state fee waiver to reduce the cost of tuition: UF Financial Affairs.
- Access to Higher Ed for Undocumented students
- Know your Rights
- News and information about new policies
- Go to: floridaimmigrant.org
Advisors and students can consult nationally recognized organization websites such as Educators for Fair Consideration thedream.us and United We Dream personal blogs including mydocumentedlife.org communicate stories written by peers across the country that immigrant youth may find valuable in validating their identity and experience, as well as reducing feelings of isolation.
DREAMers Roadmap -add weblink- is a free mobile app that gathers undocufriendly scholarship opportunities. Advisors can also help students protect themselves and know their rights if approached by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents by providing information such as the one found in United We Dream’s website .
Each person lives their experiences in different ways. Check out this pdf. to learn about building strength in the post-DACA era: National Latinx Psychological Association Mental Health resources
Immigrants are at increased risk of psychological harm, read more on the American Psychological Association website.