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The University of Central Oklahoma affirms its commitment, articulated in its mission statement, to help all of its students learn by providing transformative education experiences. This commitment extends to and embraces students with DACA and undocumented status. These student are valuable and valued members of the Central community and make important contributions to the university and to the communities the university serves.

Diversity in areas including alienage, national origin and citizenship status is an essential element of the high quality, affordable, transformative teaching and learning experience that UCO fosters in order to educate creative, collaborative, adaptable and engaged critical thinkers who are receptive to new ideas, who celebrate diversity and who lead fulfilling lives.

UCO provides a variety of resources, including the DACA Ally Program and the Dreamer Fund Scholarship, to support students with DACA and undocumented status and to help them become productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders who serve our global community.

Information about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for Students, Faculty, and Staff

On September 5, 2017, the U.S. Attorney General announced the termination of the DACA program on March 5, 2018. Created by the Obama Administration, the DACA program offered young undocumented recipients protection from deportation and a valid employment authorization document (a work permit), if they met several criteria. Several court cases were filed in different states after the termination announcement.

Due to federal court orders, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) is accepting applications for individuals who previously were provided DACA status. New applications for the program are not being accepted. Please review the qualifications to apply for renewal using the following link: https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-response-January-2018-preliminary-injunction

A ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court is expected on this matter by June 30, 2020.

What does this mean?

  • Previous DACA recipients can apply for renewal;
  • New applications are not being processed at this time; and,
  • In the state of Oklahoma, individuals are eligible to attend colleges and universities regardless of status per the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Support for Undocumented Students

A task force of more than 20 faculty, staff and representatives of student groups have been working to identify resources for DACA and undocumented students at UCO. The taskforce received statements in support of DACA students from the following different areas on campus:

  • UCO Student Association;
  • UCO Faculty Senate;
  • UCO Staff Senate;
  • Hispanic American Student Association;
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion;
  • American Association of University Professors;
  • African American Faculty and Staff Association;
  • Latino Faculty and Staff Association;
  • LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff Association; and,
  • Native American Faculty and Staff Association.

UCO Resources and Services

Students can reach out to the following offices to connect to resources and services, as needed:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is happy to assist prospective DACA and undocumented students through the application process. Prospective DACA and undocumented students who have questions regarding the application process or have general questions about UCO, can email questions to Latasha Giddings at lgiddings1@uco.edu or at 405-974-2724.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion researches, designs and implements unique programs that promote the pursuit of academic success, encourage retention and enhance graduation rates of students. DACA and undocumented students are encouraged to participate in programs and services offered through the office for support and to be connected to other campus resources. For additional information, contact Dene Roseburr-Olotu at droseburrolotu@uco.edu or 405-974-5946.

Office of Global and Cultural Competencies

Students, faculty and staff seeking resources for DACA and undocumented students can contact the Office of Global and Cultural Competencies. The office seeks to establish and enhance initiatives that enable the university to connect with and serve the diverse communities within the metropolitan area. To inquire about resources or to schedule a Dreamer Ally Training session, contact Liliana Rentería Mendoza at lrenteria@uco.edu or 405-974-5762.

Center for Counseling and Well-Being

Student support groups are offered weekly. A case manager is available to help students with barriers to success in college such as budgeting, time management, stress management and other support finding campus and community resources. For additional information, contact Julia Reed at jreed31@uco.edu or 405-974-2215.

Office of Student Advocacy

The Office of Student Advocacy helps students identify and develop skills to navigate their paths to success and degree completion at UCO. This office can provide guidance and resources to students who are having financial and academic challenges. Email advocacy@uco.edu or book an appointment to be connected to a student advocate.

Scholarships and Other Resources

Aspiring Americans (scholarships): http://www.aspiringamericans.org/financial-aid/

Resources for Dreamers from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities: https://www.hacu.net/hacu/Resources_for_DACA_Students__Family.asp

ACLU Know Your Rights: https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights

Dream Action Oklahoma: https://daok.org/

The Mexican Consulate offers the following resources:

Low-cost immigration services in Oklahoma: https://www.immigrationlawhelp.org/search?state=OK

Dreamer Intake Services (DIS): http://e4fc.org/legalservices/getfreelegalhelp.html

Where Can I Get the Latest Information About DACA?

FAQs related to DACA (Department of Homeland Security): https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/09/05/frequently-asked-questions-rescission-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca

United We Dream: https://unitedwedream.org/

Immigrant Legal Resources Center: https://www.ilrc.org/

National Immigration Law Center: https://www.nilc.org

UCO Foundation Scholarships

Students are eligible for UCO Foundation scholarships which are not restricted by citizenship status. Among these scholarships are the Dreamer Fund and the Tio Chuy’s Auto Group Difference Maker Endowed Scholarship Fund. To view the criteria for these funds, students can view the UCO Foundation Scholarship Portal.

Faculty, staff, alumni and community members can donate to the Dreamer Fund online or by contacting a UCO Foundation representative. Donate your gift to the "Dreamer Fund" online.