Undocumented Students

The Office of Multicultural Affairs works to promote an inclusive learning environment for all students to enhance their understanding of identity and power, to build intercultural awareness and skills, and to support the success of students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. Recognizing that undocumented students make important contributions to the intellectual and social life of the campus, Seattle University admits and enrolls students regardless of citizenship.

  • For information on the admissions process to Seattle University, visit Undergraduate Admissions or contact Monica Tafoya: tafoyam@seattleu.edu |(206)296-6971
  • For information on resources and support available for students who are undocumented, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs: oma@seattleu.edu |(206) 296-6070

The following is a compilation of non-profit local and national organizations, services, and other educational information to support undocumented students.

Seattle University

Our DREAM students, We can't close the door on their futures just because they're undocumented, by Father Stephen V. Sundborg

Recommendations for Policy Concerning Undocumented Students, by Seattle University Law School. Completed in 2011, this document was a culmination of work by an informal committee comprised of SU faculty, staff, alumni, community partners, and major donors who shared a collective desire for SU to emerge as a model for how to best serve undocumented students in line with Seattle University's Jesuit mission.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What issues and/or concerns do I need to keep in mind about undocumented student needs following the presidential election?

Overall it is important to be aware of the rights and current policies that may impact the experience of undocumented students. There are many questions and unknowns on what will happen to immigration policies like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and proposed legislation like Dream Act under the next government administration. Please take the time to review information provided through the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), United We Dream, and the City of Seattle:

2. If I have been granted DACA, what can I do to protect myself at this time?

Unfortunately there isn’t much information available to clarify what will happen to the DACA program when President-elect Trump takes office. In the meantime, we encourage the following steps:

  • Review information provided on the ACLU page regarding your rights,
  • Understand potential changes that could occur under a new administration
  • Seek legal counsel
  • Avoid international travel after January 20, 2017
  • Utilize support resources through the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Campus Ministry, and Counseling & Psychological Services

3. How can I support best support undocumented students as a member of the Seattle University community?

It is important to remember that the need for privacy is imperative for our undocumented students. Should someone chose to disclose their circumstances, it is important that you maintain their anonymity. Your support can be demonstrated through the following strategies

  • Do your homework and learn about the issues, policies, and needs of undocumented students
  • Thank them for trusting you with personal information and assert your support
  • Give room for the student(s) to share their needs, avoid ascribing what you think is necessary. Remember each person carries multiple identities that are intersectional and contribute to their unique understanding of the world.
  • Respond from a place of care, demonstrate empathic listening, and seek support from areas such as the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Campus Ministry, and Counseling & Psychological Services based on the concerns raised by the student(s).

4. Where can I find more information about issues facing undocumented students?

Below are resources and guides to assist in understanding the needs of undocumented students before, during, and after college.

State News

  • REAL Hope Act Becomes a law in Washington - SB 6523 will allow undocumented students to apply for state need grants to help pay for college
  • Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) - As a result of the REAL Hope Act becoming a law, applications for state need grant funds are now being accepted.  Apply ASAP!  This is specifically for low-income, non-citizen students unable to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) due to immigration status may instead complete the free this free application. 

Non-Profit Organizations

Supportive Practices

The following institutions have made a public stance in supporting undocumented students.

If you have knowledge of any other resources and don't see them on the list, please contact OMA (oma@seattleu.edu), so this list can be updated.