UNC has many resources for our undocumented student population, one of the most beneficial is the DREAMer Engagement Program (DEP), which is designed to help DREAMer/Undocumented students transition into their first year at UNC. Students who have Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and those with no status can become a part of the DEP. If students are attending a college or university for the first time or are considered a transfer student to UNC are encouraged to participate.
DEP provides support in many forms. 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 the resources on campus available to them and how to access them. Students are also paired with a mentor who has previously gone through the program. The mentor is to become the first point of contact for their mentee. Throughout the academic school year, members of the DREAMer Engagement Program are given the opportunity for professional and personal growth. DEP offers workshops on the topics of personal branding, networking with staff and faculty, as well as alum.
Community building aspects are integrated through the program where cohorts bond through various activities and events to strengthen their relationships. The center has recently moved and is now located in the César Chávez Cultural Center on the west side of campus. This space is perfect for studying, resting, and is open to support all students on campus. At this resource center, students can meet the student staff of DEP and the Chávez Center, as well as Rodolfo Vargas (hyperlink to Rudy’s Bio) , Co-Director of the César Chávez Cultural Center and Undocumented Student Services.
Get to know our coordinators for Undocumented Student Services
Hello! My name is Lupita Nabor. I was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and I am one of the student coordinators for the DREAMer Engagement Program at UNC. I was raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and I moved to Greeley, where I attended Greeley West High School. Not only that, but I am a third-year Human Services student with a minor in Gender Studies. As a former student and mentor in DEP; this is currently my first year working for the program. I am excited to meet and work with students here on campus to ensure they feel supported.
Hi everybody! My name is Liz Baylon Trejo. I was born in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico but I have lived in Greeley for most of my life. Here at UNC, I am a Senior this year with a major in Human Services and a minor in Sociology. I am also one of the Student Coordinators for the DREAMer Engagement Program. The DEP, which is housed at the Chávez Center, aims to provide undocumented students support and resources. As Student Coordinator, I help host workshops & hangouts and I make sure to communicate with our students!
Interested in applying to the DREAMer Engagement Program?