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A Newsletter on Resilience 
Beyond Barriers, Hardship and Borders
Hello! About twice a month the Undocumented Student Program will send you a newsletter. This week's newsletter focus is resilience: this is an opportunity for self-care and community. We will highlight the resilience found within the immigrant community and keep you connected to the campus and larger community. Share the following resources and encourage others to sign up to our newsletter.
Resilience Spotlight  

Luis Orellana

Graduating this fall with a Bachelor's in Accounting & Finance 
"To any current or incoming undocumented students, I’d like to say: Keep your head up and continue fighting. Things may very well be tough now but through hard work, ambition, patience, and a positive attitude, success will find its way to you. Stay strong.
To any undocumented students doing it on their own, the hardest part of college is actually just paying for it. While you feel your life may only be work and school, the future will hold many new experiences and time to enjoy life. As I transition into the professional world, I will be taking the resiliency of the undocumented community as my inspiration."
I Define My Shell
November 12, 2019
The campus community, together with the Undocumented Student Program,  participated I Define My Shell, our two-part event in partnership with student organizations PLUMAS and CLSO. To take UMD students, staff, and faculty, we also partnered with CASA de Maryland. We made our presence at the #HomeIsHere rally in response to the first day of DACA oral hearings at the Supreme Court.
In the evening, the community engaged in a Community Dinner which included a Q & A with immigration policy experts from CARECEN-DC and the Migration Policy Institute. 
Sunnyside Streaming at UMD with Kal Penn
On Thursday, December 5, 2019, actor and co-creator of the Sunnyside sitcom, Kal Penn, visited campus for a live-streaming of the show. On the show, Penn plays a disgraced politician who encounters a group of immigrants dreaming of U.S. citizenship. The episode streamed centers on Brady, a college student played by Moses Storm, who shares his DACA experience with his college friends. MarylandToday ran a feature on the event, which included an insightful Q & A facilitated by Dr. Terry K. Park. Read the MarylandToday feature online. Episodes are available on Hulu or NBC Online (for free!).
We collaborated with the Asian American Studies Program, Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy, and U.S. Latino/a Studies Program to host this event. 
Campus Community Events
Upcoming Events & Programs
  • Monday 12/16: STAMP Study Zone throughout STAMP and the Garden Chapel. Full schedule online.
Self-Care Practices 
Find guidance for Taking Care of Yourself & Loved Ones on Informed Immigrant.

Looking for on-campus resources?
  • Explore the Office of Diversity and InclusionHate-Bias Response Program
  • Participate in Group Counseling for several focus areas. Dr. Maria Luz Berbery at is the Undocumented Student Program's liaison.
Financial Wellness 

Financial Aid

Given the current political climate, students find themselves in constant financial need. Many of our students have asked for support and opportunities to stay financially stable. Scholarships is one way to help. Please share  the following scholarship lists with your network. We recommend that staff and faculty help students where possible with the application process. 
DACA Renewals
Food Security 
UMD Campus Food Pantry
The Food Pantry is located at the Health Center, Heilsa Room 0143, and is open through December 13, 2019 every Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Individual appointments are also available by contacting 301-314-8054 or Visit for more info and the latest updates. 
Emergency Meal Fund
If you find yourself skipping meals due to financial limitations or a limited housing situation, you can now request to meet with the USP Coordinator to arrange an emergency meal card. Email
Know Your Rights
Regardless of your immigration status, everyone has constitutional rights!
In this current political climate, it is important that as community we rise together. One way of doing that is by staying engaged and protecting yourself, your peers, family and community by knowing your rights!
Note: The University of Maryland Police Departmrent (UMPD) does not have a relatioship with Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE). If you see any ICE officials on/near campus, please contact UMPD at 301-405-3555.
Come pick up some Know Your Rights cards
in the Engagement Office in Stamp(0110)!
  Immigration Legal Aid 
UMD Spring 2020 Immigration Attorney Appointment Schedule
Appointments are available for graduate and undergraduate students 
between 10 AM - 1:45 PM on the following dates:

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Make your FREE appointment as soon as you can!  For more information check out the flyer below and the Graduate Student Legal Aid Office website.
Note: You can access a DC-Metro Area Low Cost Immigration Service Providers list online.

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