UC Berkeley’s Undocumented Student Program (USP) — a component of the Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence — provides guidance and support to undocumented undergraduates at Cal.
USP practices a holistic, multicultural and solution-focused approach that delivers individualized service for each student. The academic counseling, legal support, financial aid resources and extensive campus referral network provided by USP helps students develop the unique gifts and talents they each bring to the university, while empowering a sense of belonging. The program’s mission is to support the advancement of undocumented students within higher education and promote pathways for engaged scholarship.
USP is committed to working with community organizations, universities, and partnering to create access and increase retention for undocumented students in higher education. In addition, USP collaborates with Staff Diversity Initiatives to create curriculum and training for students, faculty and staff in order to increase institutional support for undocumented students. Our program continues to share and build upon the Berkeley model to support other higher education institutions, implement equitable student support services and strive for a healthier campus climate.