The following resources exist at Cal Poly for undocumented students. In addition to the information listed below, Cal Poly maintains a helpful comprehensive list of resources on their student page.
For contacts within specific departments or offices, see our ally directory. When interacting with faculty, staff, and offices around campus, remember that you are never required to reveal your status.
We recommend getting in touch with your faculty advisor because they’ll be with you throughout your time at Cal Poly. If you don’t know who your advisor is, contact your college’s Advising Center.
Please see below additional resources:
The Educational Opportunity Program offers assistance with admissions, finances, orientation, academic support, and personal advising. Applications are due on January 15th the year prior to when you’d like to be in the program. Apply here or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Writing and Learning Center offers free peer tutoring. Peer tutors are available for one-to-one and small-group consultations. Click here for a list of courses and subjects for which the Writing and Learning Center offers support.
Click here for hours of operation; click here to book a session with a peer tutor (log in required). Booking in advance is recommended, but last-minute appointments are possible as availability allows.
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Clubs are a great place to connect with a community and work on things you’re interested in outside of the classroom. A few particular clubs that the Undocumented Student Working Group has a relationship with are:
Nationally, Pre-Health DREAMers provides support to undocumented students who are pursuing careers in the health and science fields.
Check out these Healing and Wellness Resources
This resource not only provides mental health resources but also can connect you with a confidential therapist for free and wellness gatherings across the state.
This page provides resources for undocumented immigrants, not just in regards to educational opportunities and immigration news, but also health services. It is updated periodically to ensure the information is current!
This is a tool guide to help you find way to cope with stress and anxiety. It includes tips you can implement in real time and information on lifeline numbers and chats.
This page highlights the power of art as resistance and healing. It highlights seven undocumented artist you will want to follow and be in community with.
This resource provides a list of 15 podcasts working to end the stigma of mental health in communities of color and centers healing from the perspective of people of color.
Dr. Farima Pour-Khorshid is a teacher educator, community organizer and critical scholar who created this guide to serve as a a communal platform for resources related to wellness, teaching, wrap around services.
Collected resources that have been tailored to the mental health needs of various racial and ethnic groups.
1. Cal Poly Cares
The Cal Poly Cares Grant is an emergency grant that can help fund critical unmet needs in housing, food, personal care, academic materials, and professional clothing. These grants are targeted for unplanned expenses that require immediate relief (such as travel home for emergency situations.) The Cal Poly Cares Grant program is available to all Cal Poly students.
2. Cal Poly’s Campus Health and Wellbeing Center offers health services, counseling, health education, and general well-being support for the campus community.
3. Student Diversity And Belonging (SDAB)
Student Diversity And Belonging (SDAB)
4. Disability Resource Center (DRC) cultivates an accessible and inclusive community where students with permanent and temporary disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of campus life. The DRC provides information and support services to Cal Poly students with permanent and temporary disabilities.
The Cal Poly Hunger Program ensures that all students have access to nutritious meals each day in order to stay focused on their education at Cal Poly. Any student is welcome to use these free, confidential, no-hassle services:
6. Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Support
On-campus, Safer offers confidential advocacy, education, and support resources for addressing sexual assault, sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. You can schedule a confidential meeting with a Safer counselor here.
Safer also provides more information for undocumented survivors. If you want to learn more about how Safer protects anonymity and about resources available for undocumented immigrants, you can check out their undocumented student section here.
7. Office of Student Ombuds Services
The Office of Student Ombuds Services is a campus resource for all Cal Poly students. The Ombuds staff are committed to hearing about students’ experiences. The office offers a safe place to go for assistance in resolving any university related issue, concern, conflict, or complaint.