This section provides context and contacts for Columbia students seeking support or assistance navigating resources.
DACA/Undocumented Students Liaison
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.
Columbia Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic Defense Initiative
The Columbia Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic provides free, confidential advice and representation to Columbia students and staff at risk of deportation in the United States who have DACA, who are otherwise undocumented (with or without pending immigration applications or cases), or who have immigration status but are at risk of deportation.
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.
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. Sherina Persaud 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.