SJC Resources

Know Your Rights: Navigating DACA and TPS

Social Justice Center

We are committed to ensuring that all members of our community, including those who are DACA-mented, DREAMers, undocumented Americans, Temporary Protected Status recipients, VISA holders, and all others have a living, learning, and working environment in which they can thrive. We affirm the rights and resiliency of these students, staff, faculty, alumni, and their families, and hold them as a valuable and integral part of the Emerson community.

Emerson admits students based on their talent and academic record regardless of their immigration status. For information about applying to Emerson, please visit the Emerson Admission website.

Emerson College has identified a staff administrator as the point person for student questions or concerns related to DACA and immigration status. Please feel free to contact the Social Justice Center at 617-824-8528, or visit the 10th floor of Walker, to be connected.

Resources and information for DACA recipients and TPS beneficiaries are noted below. In addition, this website includes information to support Emersonians who are committed to supporting our community as allies.

This page will be updated as new information becomes available. If you know of a resource that would be helpful to add to this page, please contact sjc [at] emerson.edu.

Know Your Rights

On-Campus Resources

Support Offices

Social Justice Center
617-824-8528

Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Student Employment
617-824-8655

Office of Undergraduate Admission
617-824-8600

Office of Graduate Admission
617-824-8610

Intercultural Student Affairs
617-824-8438

Office of Student Success
617-824-8650

Healing & Advocacy Collective (Confidential)
617-824-8857

Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services (ECAPS)
617-824-8595

Career Development Center
617-824-8586

Student Organizations

Campus Policies

Emerson College has established a process for responding to certain third-party information requests, including those from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Please refer any third-party requestors to Emerson College Police Department (ECPD) at 114 Boylston Street or 617-824-8555. No party will be allowed access to Emerson facilities without proper authorization by ECPD.

Local Community-Based Resources

Student Immigrant Movement (SIM) (Downtown Boston)
MA-based statewide immigrant youth-led organization fighting for the liberation of the undocumented community.

Brazilian Worker Center (Allston)
Represents, supports, and organizes the Brazilian and wider immigrant community.

Centro Presente (East Boston)
Operated and led primarily by Central American immigrants, Centro Presente struggles for immigrant rights and for economic and social justice.

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition (Downtown Boston)
617-350-5480
The largest coalition in New England promoting the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees.

Haitian Americans United (Mattapan)
MA non-profit organization working to improve the quality of life for Haitians and Haitian-Americans.

City of Boston Office Immigrant Advancement (Downtown Boston)
617-635-2980
Provides free immigration legal clinics.

National Community-Based Resources

United We Dream
Immigrant youth building a movement for justice.

UndocuBlack Network
A multigenerational network of currently and formerly undocumented Black people.

My (Un)Documented Life
Information and resources for undocumented immigrants.

Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
Educational, career, and leadership advancement resources for undocumented young people.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
Immigration and Immigrant Rights project.

#Not1More Campaign

ASISTA
Resources for immigrant and refugee survivors of gender-based violence.

Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP)

Mental Health Resources

If you are a victim of human trafficking, domestic violence, or other violent crime, you may qualify for special protection. Please consult an attorney about immigration protections that may be available to you.

Choosing an Immigration Representative: How to Avoid Fraud

Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project
Free legal services in Boston.

National Immigration Project
Member attorneys by state.

Immigration Equality
LGBTQ immigrant rights.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC)
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) updates and resources.

Learn More/Do More

Learn More

Informed Immigrant
Resources for immigrants and allies.

#WordsMatter
Why we say “undocumented” instead of “illegal.”

TheDream.US UndocuAlly Training Pre-Work Packet

DefineAmerican
A non-profit media and culture organization that uses the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America

“Documented: A film by an undocumented American” by Jose Antonio Vargas

Removing Barriers to Education for Undocumented Students (2014)

National TPS Alliance

#SaveTPS
Toolkit and resources for community organizers from Alianza Americas

Do More

UndocuBlack Network
What is a Clean Dream Act and how you can support it.

WeAreHereToStay
Why we need a Clean Dream Act, Educator Toolkit for a clean Dream Act, Clean Dream Act call-in day, and more

Support the Safe Communities Act in MA with MIRA

Fight for Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice Immigrant Rights Street Team
Do more locally.