Today's Update: Tuesday, December 15

December 15, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, Part of the role of the university is to provide support to students with unique needs. One of these groups is students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.   

Here at Ohio State, we’ve just assembled a multi-departmental group of faculty and staff to better support current and future DACA and undocumented students. 

The DACA and Undocumented Student Support Team will address challenges faced by the students, streamline information and offer holistic support to facilitate successful educational outcomes. Specific focus areas include: 

  • Identifying and addressing obstacles to DACA and undocumented student success  

  • Improving communication strategies – both centralized and for constituent departments – to help DACA and undocumented students find important resources  

  • Developing mechanisms to gather feedback regularly from DACA and undocumented students about their experiences at the university 

  • Supporting the implementation of employee training on DACA and undocumented students for staff in key support areas 

This team will engage with students regularly to ensure that its work is informed by those who have had both challenges and successes in navigating the university. Our expectation is that the work of this team will produce tangible improvements to the experience of current and prospective DACA and undocumented students at Ohio State. 

This support team will be composed of representatives from key university departments who possess the expertise and provide the services most critical to DACA and undocumented student success. Student Life is well represented with the Multicultural Center, Student Advocacy, Counseling and Consultation Service and Career Counseling and Support Services all involved.  

Other units collaborating in this effort include Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions, Student Financial Aid, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Institutional Equity, Government Affairs, Academic Advising, the Graduate School, the University Registrar, Legal Affairs and the Office of International Affairs.  

I know this support group will produce Scarlet and Great results for our students and the university. 

Melissa