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Information for DACA Students

Resources in Support of Our International Community

     Blog by Immigration Experts

  • A blog for students and schools about how to survive in the current immigration uncertainty, co-authored by Cornell Law Professor Stephen W. Yale-Loehr, who also practices immigration law at Miller Mayer LLP in Ithaca, New York, and Dan Berger, a partner at Curran & Berger, LLP in Northampton, Massachusetts

     Urgent Needs

  • ISSO assists international students, academic staff, and their families by advising on U.S. federal immigration and other issues, and through web resources, information sessions, and events. They also provide counseling on personal, academic, and cultural matters. To speak with a staff member directly, email ISSO@cornell.edu.

     Assistance While Traveling Abroad

  • Cornell provides a free assistance program to all students, faculty, and staff traveling on university business 100 miles or more away from their permanent residence or campus. Cornellians can access this assistance from UnitedHealthcare with their netID through Cornell's Travel Registry.

     Legal Assistance

  • A dedicated team of Cornell Law School faculty is offering legal assistance in the form of representation for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students in potential deportation proceedings, should the need arise. There would be costs associated with this special legal representation service for DACA students, and a legal representative fund will be seeking contributions. For assistance, contact Beth Lyon, clinical professor of law, Cornell Law School: email immigrationhelp@cornell.edu, call 607-254-4638.
  • The Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School is a not-for-profit group that believes everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them, without cost. They publish law online, and create materials that help people understand the law.

     Information and Counseling

  • Cornell's International Students and Scholars Office assists international students, academic staff, and their families by advising on U.S. federal immigration and other issues, and through web resources, information sessions, and events. They also provide counseling on personal, academic, and cultural matters. To speak with a staff member directly, email ISSO@cornell.edu.
  • Cornell's Office of Graduate Student Life serves the Cornell community in many capacities: discussing student concerns, providing available resources and services, and sharing options to handle difficult academic and personal situations. Contact Janna Lamey (janna.lamey@cornell.edu) to help identify appropriate resources.
  • The staff in Cornell's Dean of Students office is available for support, advice, guidance, and consultation navigating various circumstances. Contact dean_of_students@cornell.edu or 607-255-1115 to be connected with a resource.
  • Cornell's Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives offers general advising on personal and academic support, as well as planning for future academic and professional aims and referrals specifically for undocumented students as part of the trailblazers program.
  • Cornell's Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives also maintains a webpage with resources for undocumented students at Cornell University.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services, or CAPS (including the Let’s Talk Program), is a confidential place to talk with a trained health-care professional about any concern. This may include stress, loneliness, anxiety, depression, adjustment challenges, relationship difficulties, questions about identity, managing an existing mental health condition, or other issues. Please call CAPS at 607-255-5155 to speak with a staff member directly.
  • Cornell's Faculty and Staff Assistance Program offers free and confidential guidance and support to benefits-eligible employees and their partners to address issues that may be affecting their personal lives and/or job satisfaction or performance. This confidential resource is part of Cornell's broad commitment to foster and support the mental health and well-being of the campus community.

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For more information, contact Cornell’s Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives: OADI@cornell.edu.