This section provides context and contacts for Columbia students seeking support or assistance navigating resources.
Liaison for DACA/Undocumented Students
Associate Vice President for Student Life Ixchel Rosal serves as a liaison for DACA and undocumented students across the University and is available to meet with students individually or in groups. She also convenes the DACA/Undocumented Students Working Group, a committee of students, faculty and staff from across the University working to identify and develop initiatives to support DACA and undocumented students. Ixchel holds office hours Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 - 2:30 pm, with additional appointments available.
- Contact: AVP for Student Life Ixchel Rosal
Pro Bono Legal Representation and Other Assistance
Undocumented students at Columbia University can work directly with a lawyer on immigration-related issues at no cost, thanks to arrangements the University has made for pro bono legal representation for DACA and undocumented students.
In addition, small-group information sessions for Columbia students who are undocumented or who are DACA recipients also can be arranged.
The Office does not keep records of who attends these sessions.
- Contact: Courtney Evans, Administrative Coordinator for University Life
Support from Counseling & Psychological Services (Columbia Health)
Students who are concerned about immigration policies affecting DACA and undocumented students can join a confidential support group for mutual support and stress management strategies. The group provides a safe, unstructured space for students to voice their thoughts and feelings. Dr. Carolina Franco facilitates; she is a clinical psychologist and specializes in the immigrant experience and new American/first generation identity development, among many other psychological and social concerns.
- Contact: Dr. Carolina Franco, Columbia Health