DACA Related Resources

UI Shared Governance Statement regarding action ending DACA

At its core, the University of Iowa is its people: students, staff, and faculty guided by the values of community, inclusion, and respect. The University of Iowa strives to create a safe and welcoming environment for all students. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allowed individuals who came to the United States as children to pursue their post-secondary education. As students, staff, and faculty of the University of Iowa, we reaffirm our commitment to ensuring all students have equal opportunity to pursue their education in our community. We stand with students impacted by the termination of DACA, and we are dedicated to providing them with our support.

Jacob Simpson, President 
UI Student Government 

Tejasvi Sharma, President
Graduate & Professional Student Government

Peter Snyder, President 
UI Faculty Senate 

John Laverty, President
UI Staff Council

  1. MALDEF Immigrant Rights Under Trump
  2. Educators for Fair Consideration, What we Know and What we Can Do: DACA  
  3. Post-Election: Recommendations for School Administrators, Educators, Counselors, and Undocumented Students
  4. Immigrants' Rights in Detention
  1. ICE policy on sensitive locations
  2. Memorandum on Rescission of DACA
  3. FAQ – Rescission of DACA
  1. Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students, The Pomona College Letter
    President Harreld, along with over 545 other college and university presidents, signed the Pomona College letter urging business, religious, civic, and non-profit sectors to support DACA and undocumented immigrant students.

  2. Post-Election: Recommendations for School Administrators, Educators, Counselors, and Undocumented Students
  3. Resource Guide
  4. Sanctuary Schools Facebook page
  5. CDO post-election activities
  6. Iowa College Aid (Financial assistance for DACA students)
  7. Iowa Department of Human Rights
  8. Hawkeyes for Dream Iowaa student organization that serves as a collegiate chapter to the Immigration Advocacy Group Dream Iowa. DREAM Iowa was founded by sisters Monica and Nilvia Reyes as a social media group to unite and organize local DREAMers. Dream Iowa’s vision is to become the most active organization in support of the rights, protection, dignity, and respect for undocumented Iowans.  Their mission is to be the voice of undocumented Iowans, with bipartisan solutions to the issues faced by community members. DREAM Iowa values protection, advocacy, dignity, respect, and awareness.
  9. University of California Berkeley info on DACA
  10. Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Post-Election Talking Points
  11. Life After College: A Guide for Undocumented Students
  12. Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa hosts “Know Your Rights” sessions. Contact them to find out when/where the next session will be.
  13. American Council on Education
  14. National Institutions Coming Out Day: Institutional Policies and Programs with and for Undocumented Students
  15. Unafraid Ally Poster
  16. Unafraid Educator Poster
  17. UI Shared Governance Statement regarding action ending DACA
  1. UIPD/ICPD Protocol: The University of Iowa Police Department (UIPD) is not concerned with DACA status and does not actively look to deport individuals. They are only concerned to see if individuals they are interacting with as part of a response/call/report are registered as a student at the university. However, if there is evidence of large-scale criminal activity (homicide, drug trafficking, etc.) then this may not be the case.
  2. Student Privacy: The University of Iowa does not keep "lists" of students and their immigration status. Although immigration status is part of a student's record and can be subject to disclosure, there is nothing on record that identifies a student as undocumented.
  3. Financial Aid: Undocumented students, including DACA recipients and Dreamers, are not eligible for Federal student aid, but may be eligible for state or college aid and/or private scholarships. The University of Iowa provides merit scholarships to eligible DACA students.
  4. Legal Support: Students may go to Student Legal Services (SLS) for legal support. If SLS is unable to assist, they will provide students with a list of community resources that can.
  5. Campus Resources: If students want to openly and safely discuss their immigration status but are worried about telling people, they can go to the Office of the Ombudsperson, the Center for Diversity and Enrichment, or Student Legal Services within the Office of Student Life. They can also go to University Counseling Services, if their DACA or undocumented status is causing duress and they need mental health support or counseling. 

    Office of the Ombudsperson
    (confidential resource)

    Center for Diversity and Enrichment
    (consultation for students, faculty and staff)

    Student Legal Services
    (legal support and referrals)

    University Counseling
    (if DACA or undocumented status is causing duress and mental health support or counseling is needed)