César Chávez Cultural Center
The César Chávez Cultural Center provides a home away from home for students across the Latinx diaspora where their social identities, culture, ethnicity, language and traditions are respected and validated through holistic support. We embrace equity and inclusive practices with a student-centered approach and social justice lens.
Undocumented Student Services and the DEP strives to provide academic, financial and immigration-related resources and support for students with undocumented status. Students who have Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and those with no status are eligible to participate in the DEP.
Located in the César Chávez Cultural Center, Undocumented Students Services aids students as they navigate UNC admissions and throughout their educational experience towards obtaining their college degree. DREAMer students can also receive financial assistance by completing the Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA). CASFA is open to any student who qualifies for in-state tuition under the Colorado Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow (ASSET) legislation. We help students apply for CASFA and ASSET by hosting workshops or connecting students with financial aid counselors.
The DEP provides support to DREAMers during their time at UNC and it has a focus on their first-year experience. During the summer students within the DEP participate in a two-day orientation where they begin to create community with one another and learn about available on-campus resources and how to access them. Students are also paired with a mentor who has previously gone through the DEP. The mentor is to become the first point of contact for their mentee. Throughout the academic school year, members of the DEP are given the opportunity for professional and personal growth. Community building aspects are integrated through the program where cohorts bond through various activities and events to strengthen their relationships.
When you walk into the César Chávez Cultural Center, you walk into your second home. We are staffed by caring professionals and friendly student employees who make the Center a comfortable space for all students. The Center staff embrace a student-centered philosophy that encourages, supports and challenges the UNC Latinx population through intentional programming, services, advocacy and leadership experiences.
Resources for all students include information on campus events, financial literacy workshops, funding sources, introductions to campus advocates and exposure to develop a supportive network of people around students. The Chávez staff is intentional in connecting students to multiple campus resources to maximize their college experience.
Some of the cornerstone annual programs are the Latinx Heritage Kick-Off Celebration, DREAMer Awareness Month and a series of workshops to assist students’ needs and ease their concerns.
Please feel free to visit the Center and know that you matter to us, and we want to contribute to your success at UNC.