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Important Information Regarding Undocumented Students at Oberlin

"Today, Attorney General Sessions announced a plan to phase out the DACA program in six months. While we assess the impact of this announcement to members of the Oberlin community, the Division of Student Life has planned support services designed to specifically meet the needs of undocumented and DACA students, including the appointment of a program coordinator who will work directly with them.

We reaffirm our commitment to undocumented and DACA students at Oberlin College, in keeping with our long-standing policies on non-discrimination, privacy, and public safety.

We will continue to admit, enroll, and support through degree completion all students without regard to their immigration status.

Oberlin College will continue to maintain a strong commitment to the privacy of student records for all students, consistent with state and federal laws. While the college complies with federal requirements associated with managing its authorized international student and scholar programs, it otherwise does not share sensitive information such as immigration status. We do not provide information on immigration status to anyone except when required by law." - President Ambar's Message on the DACA Announcement. Read more here.

See the DACA FAQ and Resources page.

For Students:

Support from the counseling center:

The staff of the Oberlin College Counseling Center have completed the UndocuAlly training and are available to speak with any student who wishes to utilize them as a resource. Their statement on Diversity and Inclusion reflects a commitment to "creating a safe, inclusive, and affirming environment that embraces the richness brought by the intersections of gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, culture, sexual/affectional orientation, age, physical and mental abilities, religious and spiritual orientation, socioeconomic status, immigration status, as well as a host of other personal and social characteristics that comprise individual identity."

Oberlin Counseling Center
247 W. Lorain St.
Suite D
Oberlin, OH 44074

Phone: 440-775-8470
Fax: 440-775-8868

Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
CLOSED for lunch, 12 - 1 pm

Crisis Walk-in Hours:
Monday and Tuesday, 11 am - 12 pm
Wednesday-Friday, 1:30 - 2:30pm

After Hours Telephone Support:
440-775-8470 and press the #2

Local Community Based Organizations:

Lorain Ohio Immigrants' Rights Association (LOIRA)

lorainohioimmigrantsrights@gmail.com

El Centro de Servicios Sociales, Inc.

2800 Pearl Avenue

Lorain, OH 44055

For community members: 

At Oberlin:

1) Donate to the Undocumented Student Scholarship fund; it's easy:

Step 1. Visit this page.

Step 2.  Fill out your information and under "Designation", select "Other".

Step 3. Write in the Undocumented Student Scholarship Fund. 

2. Attend a vigil Thursday, September 7th at Market Square: W 25th St at Lorain Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.

NE Ohio immigrants and allies invite you come together in community for a candlelight vigil in support of immigrants and against heartless deportations. Dreamers will tell their stories and talk about what DACA means for their lives. All are welcome. #OHereToStay Sponsored by DreamActivist Ohio, Cleveland Jobs With Justice, Indivisible CLE, LOIRA, Ohio's Voice, InterReligious Task Force, Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network and Eleonor Ramirez.

Visit the event page here.

3) Text RESIST to 50409. For more information about ResistBot, click here.

4) Publicly show your support for undocumented folks in our community:


Mission & Vision

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) serves as a gathering place for the collaborative support of historically disenfranchised communities and works on issues of diversity and inclusion within a social justice context at Oberlin College & Conservatory. In collaboration with a wide range of contributors including faculty, students, alumni, staff, and members of the local community, the MRC is uniquely positioned to create a vision of anti-oppression and social justice that supports educational excellence.

Who We Serve

  • Historically disenfranchised students including but not limited to:
    • Students of color
    • LGBTQ students
    • International students
    • First generation college students
    • Low-income students
    • DACA/Undocumented students
    • Students with Disabilities
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Alumni
  • Local community members

What We Do

The work that the MRC engages in varies, but generally includes:

  • One-on-one and group student advising
  • Community building and social events
  • Conference and colloquia coordination and organization
  • Crisis and trauma intervention for students
  • Workshops and trainings
  • Collaboration with students to support the ongoing success of student-led social justice programming

Vision

The MRC imagines a future in which the College engages in proactive and innovative efforts in addressing the needs of historically disenfranchised students.

Our hope is that students will grow in their efforts to enact transformational change that impacts communities locally, nationally, and globally through: a) cross-community and community-specific leadership development; b) informed action and student activism; c) culturally-relevant forms of discourse. Therefore, we are committed to creating and sustaining a campus community that actively affirms the intersectional identities and lived experiences of students, faculty, and staff.


"The MRC plays a key role in developing and supporting the richly diverse community that is Oberlin... I expect the MRC will remain a linchpin in our efforts to broaden multicultural understanding on campus for many years to come."

— Nancy Dye, Oberlin College's 13th President

"The MRC is for everyone who is committed to working together to build a stronger and more socially just community at Oberlin College!"

— Eric Estes, former Dean of Students and MRC Director 


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