About USP’s Mental Health Support

The Undocumented Student Program is committed to students’ physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness.

We believe that the barriers undocumented, first generation, and/or low-income students face helps weave the fabric of their resilience and courage. We also recognize that at times, these experiences and obligations place additional strain that may impact mood, motivation, self-esteem, relationships, and overall well-being. In addition, stress related to xenophobia/racism, deportation fears, finances/employment, and identity concerns can make it hard to find balance.

Our mental health support program provides a confidential space for undocumented students to be seen by a licensed therapist who will collaborate with them on an individual wellness plan. Support varies by each student’s need including: one-time drop-in consultation, crisis management, on-going sessions, and connection to other campus resources.

Meet the USP Psychologists

Diana Peña

Diana Peña (she/they), PhD, is a queer Latinx mental health provider and licensed psychologist who began her academic journey in her hometown of Los Angeles, CA as a first-gen college student. Diana coordinates the mental health program for undocumented students at UC Berkeley, providing counseling support to students and consultation to the campus at large.  Her areas of focus include undocumented student mental health, resilience among queer and trans people of color, spirituality, and somatic/body-centered healing practices. Diana stands on the shoulders of her Mexican immigrant parents and is committed to decolonizing mental health practices in the service of undocumented, Indigenous, Black, and POC communities. She invites you to join her on this journey.

Diana’s Confidential Voicemail
(510) 664-7483

Bianca Barrios

Bianca Barrios earned her PhD as a first-generation college student form Washington State University’s Counseling Psychology program. Bianca grew up in Los Angeles County with a mixed status extended family. As a licensed psychologist, her areas of focus include students of color and undocumented/immigrant student college adjustment and persistence, Latinx mental health, LGBTQ affirmative therapy, and women’s concerns. She possesses an unwavering commitment to social justice and advocacy. When working with students she aims to co-create a space built on trust and compassion where students can feel comfortable bringing in all parts of themselves to begin the process of exploration, learning, and healing.

Bianca’s Confidential Voicemail
(510) 664-5342