Undocumented/DACAmented Student Resources

Student Support

Diana Castellanos, Associate Director for Student Empowerment and Undocumented/DACA Student Support, in the Dean of Students office is available for support, advice, guidance, and consultation navigating various circumstances. Contact her via email: dc982@cornell.edu or  phone: +1 (607) 255-7177

Other staff available for support in the Dean of Students Office include Vijay Pendakur, Dean of Students; Marla Love, Senior Associate Dean of Students, Diversity & Equity; and Mary Beth Grant, Senior Associate Dean of Students.

Student Organization

DREAM Team is a Cornell student organization that strives to provide a support network for undocumented students on campus. You can reach them via email: dreamteam@cornell.edu.

Academic Support

  • The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives offers general advising on personal and academic support, as well as planning for future academic and professional aims and referrals specifically for undocumented students as part of the trailblazers program.
  • The International Students and Scholars Office assists international students, academic staff, and their families by advising on U.S. federal immigration and other issues, and through web resources, information sessions, and events. They also provide counseling on personal, academic, and cultural matters. To speak with a staff member directly, email ISSO@cornell.edu.
  • The Office of Graduate Student Life serves the Cornell community in many capacities: discussing student concerns, providing available resources and services, and sharing options to handle difficult academic and personal situations. Contact Sara Xayarath Hernández, associate dean for inclusion and student engagement to help identify appropriate resources.

Legal Assistance

Clinical faculty at Cornell Law School will provide—without charge—confidential legal assistance to undocumented students, including DACA students. For assistance, contact Beth Lyon, clinical professor of law, Cornell Law School: email immigrationhelp@cornell.edu, call +1 (607) 254-4638, or Skype: lyonbeth.

In addition, the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School is a not-for-profit group that believes everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them, without cost. They publish law online, and create materials that help people understand the law.

Emergency Funds for DACA Renewal

Cornell University offers funding for enrolled students (undergraduate, graduate and professional degree students) to renew their DACA.

Mental Health Support

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services, or CAPS (including the Let’s Talk Program), a part of Cornell Health, is a confidential place to talk with a trained health-care professional about any concern. This may include stress, loneliness, anxiety, depression, adjustment challenges, relationship difficulties, questions about identity, managing an existing mental health condition, or other issues. CAPS has counselors who are able to assist undocumented/DACAmented students. Please call CAPS at +1 (607) 255-5155 to speak with a staff member directly.

Cornell since its founding has been committed to diversity and inclusion, and DREAMers (undocumented students, with and without DACA status) are an integral part of our community. Cornell Health will continue to vigilantly protect the privacy of student health records from any unauthorized disclosure in accordance with the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and university policy.

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program

Cornell's Faculty and Staff Assistance Program offers free and confidential guidance and support to benefits-eligible employees and their partners to address issues that may be affecting their personal lives and/or job satisfaction or performance. This confidential resource is part of Cornell's broad commitment to foster and support the mental health and well-being of the campus community.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Cornell University Policy 4.5—Access to Student Information and the related Student Record Privacy Statement—explain how FERPA is implemented at Cornell and it is important for you to be familiar with how this policy protects your educational records and directory information.


Cornell Police's September 8, 2017 "Blue Light Safety Message" email to the Cornell community includes a shout out to President Pollack for addressing recent national decisions that affect the safety and security of our community. And explains that Cornell University Police remains your trusted campus law enforcement agency that affords professional service and protection to every member of our community.

Sanctuary City and County Resolutions

The Tompkins County Legislature passed a resolution making the county a "sanctuary county." This resolution serves to "maintain a safe, inclusive government and ensure the protection, order, conduct, safety, health, and well-being of all persons in Tompkins County." The city of Ithaca has a similar resolution. Like all such sanctuary resolutions across the country, however, the local resolutions cannot legally bar federal immigration officials from entering the county and city. For more on immigration sanctuary policies generally, see the Searching for Sanctuary Report and the National Map of Local Entanglement with ICE both from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.