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Support for DACA and Undocumented Students

At Engineering Career Services we empower all students in the effort to obtain lifelong professional skills that ultimately support their individual career goals. To that end, we offer a variety of tools including our diversity guides housed in the Resource Library of Handshake. The newest guide includes Ohio State, workplace, and legal resources to continue our support for DACA and undocumented students. Here is a quick look at a few of the resource highlights:

Ohio State Campus

In addition to the Office of Student Life Multicultural Center (MCC), Ohio State has an internal resource within University Libraries. This link includes legal, news, and educational tools along with a campus directory of trained allies.

University Contacts

Ohio State has dedicated contacts and a DACA Liaison to answer specific questions involving university policy and support. All questions regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) should be directed to Todd Suddeth, Ph.D., Executive Director for the Multicultural Center Office of Student Life.

Career and Workplace

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC), CitizenPath, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offer tools that cover workplace and employment rights. These can be found in the guide and are useful for understanding your rights throughout the hiring and employment process. Find answers to questions, such as “Can my employer reject me because my work authorization expires in the future?” and “Do I need a driver’s license and/ or social security number to work?”

UnitedWeDream (UWD) and Immigrants Rising (formerly E4FC) develop campaigns and initiatives, including those supporting entrepreneurship alternatives to traditional employment.

Immigration and Legal

Administrative Relief Resource Center houses a list of local legal help and USCIS provides additional information through their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page. If you’re looking for help understanding rights and options for immigrants, Immi offers information and answers from nonprofit legal experts.

Financial Assistance

The Ohio State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosts a list of scholarships that may be of interest to students needing financial assistance. The Dream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for DREAMers, and Immigrants Rising, support both a scholarship and entrepreneurship fund. Check out the new resource guide to find links to these initiatives.

For the most up-to-date policy and immigration information, please visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. 

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.” – Harriet Tubman

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