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Dreamer Resource Center Division of Student Affairs

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Student Services

Our Services:

  • Services and Benefits Provided
  • Financial/ academic guidance
  • Peer to peer support system
  • VIP access to all DRC events/programming
  • Customized presentations/workshops
  • Scholarship portfolio & resume building
  • Connections to other support programs on campus
  • Internship/volunteer opportunities

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:

  • 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

To enroll, please contact DRC Program Coordinator, Erik Ramirez

Dream Leader Internship Program

The Dream Leaders Internship Program (DLIP) is a year-long (fall and spring) program designed to promote and foster the development of undocumented students and students from mixed-status families through peer-to-peer mentoring, professional development, and relationship building. The purpose of the internship is to provide interns with the opportunity to gain a meaningful professional experience by acquiring valuable leadership skills while gaining general knowledge about undocumented students in higher education. Interns participate in weekly training on-campus resources, admissions/outreach, tutoring/mentoring, retention interventions, and coaching/advising support for Sacramento State students. Overall, Dream Leaders are trained to assist students with their academic adjustment and personal acclimation to college and the Sacramento State campus. Each intern coaches 6-8 students each semester.

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. 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
  • University documents

Along with any other questions or concerns students may have along the way.

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 with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, in good academic standing, AB540 eligible and with a short-term financial hardship are able to be granted up to $1,500.

Student Emergency Grant Form

In partnership with local non-profit organizations and 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 drc@csus.edu.

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

DACA Renewals

Time/date varies

  • Assistance with DACA renewal application
  • Complete the application and submit required documentation
  • Caseworker will contact you in about 2 days to begin the process

Note: Current Sac State students experiencing financial hardship may qualify for a grant to cover the $495 renewal fee. Contact the DRC for more information.

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.

Dream Connections

Friday’s | 4:30-6:00 pm | Riverfront Center 1022

Dream Connections is a support group intended to provide a space for meaningful interaction and connection amongst undocumented students, students with mixed-status families, and allies at Sacramento State. The group will meet once a weekly basis on Friday’s. The sessions will be facilitated by sociocultural psychologist and associate professor, Dr. Basia Ellis.

Dream Gatherings

This activity is an opportunity for staff, faculty, and administrators to host students for dinner (or lunch) in their home or on-campus. Dream Gatherings reinforces the inclusive nature of our campus in a welcoming, caring and intimate way. The goal of the activity is to connect students, particularly those new to campus, to the University community and help them build a network of support while engaging in safe and empowering dialogue. To host a dream dinner, please contact Erik Ramirez.