Support Page Content
- Ways to navigate college as an undocumented student
- Graduate school as an undocumented student
- Opportunities available to undocumented students with/without DACA
- Financial and academic guidance
- Peer Mentorship Program
- Peer Counseling
- Fellowship and volunteer opportunities
- Scholarship application assistance
- Resume and cover letter building
- Connections to other support programs on campus
- DRC Scholarship
Dreamer Experience Seminar
The seminar is designed to help undocumented students, students from mixed-status families, and other students that identify with this community navigate college as an undocumented student. The course accomplishes the following:
- Earn elective course credit
- Introduces students to the functions and resources of the University
- Provides the opportunity to interact with other fellow students and staff from the Dreamer Resource Center on a regular basis
- Builds a community of academic and personal support
- Provides a space for students to explore the various aspects of their identity
- Provides ways to use personal stories as a means to enact change in their immediate and larger communities
Enrollment is currently open.
Dream Leader Fellowship Program
The Dream Leaders Fellowship is a yearlong program (fall and spring) that promotes and fosters personal, academic, and professional development among undocumented students and students with mixed-status families at Sacramento State. Each semester, fellows will participate in a hands-on/experiential learning project of their choice, focused on one of five areas related to uplifting immigrant communities: 1). civic engagement and advocacy; 2). college access and educational equity; 3). diversity, intersectionality, and inclusion; 4). arts and culture; or 5). basic needs. Fellows also have the opportunity to serve as peer mentors for students served by the Dreamer Resource Center.
Outreach and Admissions
Incoming first-year students and transfer students receive ongoing support through the admissions process as early as the start of their senior year and transferring semester through the Dreamer Resource Center’s Dream Builder’s Program. DRC Staff assists and follows up with students to ensure that they are taking the right steps towards college readiness through support with the following processes:
- Cal State Apply
- CA Dream Act Application/FAFSA
- University documents
Along with any other questions or concerns students may have along the way.
For outreach inquiries, please contact DRC Program Coordinator, Kimberly Gomez
DRC Student Emergency Grant
The grant helps students remain in school when the completion of their college education is threatened by financial circumstances that are out of their control. The DRC Student Emergency Grant is administered by the Dreamer Resource Center in accordance with applicable University rules and policies. Funding for the program comes from the help of generous donors. Eligible students must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, be in good academic standing, be AB540 eligible, and have a short-term financial hardship.
DRC Student Emergency Grants reimburse students for actual expenses; therefore, the grant amount will vary. Students will be awarded a maximum of two Emergency Grants per academic year. The maximum award amount is $1,750 per academic year
Immigration Clinic & Free Legal Services
In partnership with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), the DRC offers free immigration legal consultations and immigration services to Sac State students, staff, faculty, and immediate family members. To register for an appointment or one of the services listed below, call (916)-278-7734 or email email@example.com.
One-on-One Immigration Consultations
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays via Zoom
- Discuss immigration matters in an individual setting
- Speak with an attorney or CHIRLA accredited representative
- Assistance with DACA renewal application
- Complete the application and submit required documentation
- Caseworker will contact you in about 2 days to begin the process
CHIRLA Representative of the Day
Fridays, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
- Zoom Office Hours
- General information, quick questions, case updates, or resources
- Connect with an attorney or a CHIRLA accredited representative
First Time DACA Applications
Wednesdays, 3 pm
- Weekly DACA virtual legal clinics for first-time applicants
- Learn about DACA requirements and how to determine eligibility
Note: Currently, first-time applications will not be processed by USCIS, but they will accept them. To learn more, visit this clinic.
Thursdays | 12:30 - 1:30 pm | River Front Center 1031 A
Dream Connections is a social support group that provides a space for meaningful interaction and connection among undocumented students, students with mixed-status families, and allies at Sacramento State. The group meets weekly to explore various topics from undocumented or immigrant status perspectives. Sessions also include self-care activities and resources to alleviate stress and promote well-being. Lunch is provided. Kimberly Gomez, Program Coordinator of the Dreamer Resource Center, facilitates the sessions.
The Dreamer Resource Center (DRC) aims to engage campus allies while promoting undocumented and mixed-status students’ sense of belonging and connection to campus. Dream Gatherings is an opportunity for staff, faculty, administrators, and campus departments to host two or more students for lunch or dinner on campus or in their homes. The activity connects students, particularly those new to campus, to the university community and helps them build a support network while engaging in empowering dialogue. Dream Connections also reinforces the inclusive nature of Sacramento State in a safe, welcoming, caring, and intimate way.
To host a Dream Gathering, please contact DRC Program Coordinator, Kimberly Gomez
As undocumented students and students in mixed-status families made the dream of obtaining a college degree a reality, it is imperative to recognize their outstanding accomplishments. This recognition dinner will allow students to thank those who supported them and be recognized for overcoming unique challenges. It will also enable community partners and the Sac State family to celebrate the graduating students. Students and families will be provided with a community of support and a forever Hornet family.
Pop Up Dates: September 13-14, November 15-16
Location: River Front Center 1031 A
The Dreamer Resource Center (DRC) acknowledges students' intersecting identities, and it is essential for the community to have access to seasonal wear and professional clothing. The Hummingbird Closet is a free pop-up closet inside the Dreamer Resource Center and is available to the Hornet family. Gently used clothes, shoes, and miscellaneous items are available at every pop-up.
To donate, please contact the DRC firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dreamer Resource Center Socials
Location: River Front Center 1031 A
The Dreamer Resource Center helps undocumented and mixed-status students build community and develop a sense of belonging. Community building at the DRC is designed to support this population's bond with one another in a social capacity. The DRC socials allow students to explore their creativity and identity. A short informational presentation on the importance of artwork, identity, and community will also be available at every social.