USP Services for Fall 2022

Dear USP Students,

Welcome to Fall 2022! The Undocumented Community Resource Center (180 Cesar Chavez) is open Monday through Thursday during the hours of 10am-5pm & Fridays 10am-3pm. Come to the center to study, grab snacks and build community!

We are excited to continue providing various services, resources, workshops and opportunities for you in a hybrid modality. Please reference our Events Calendar to stay in touch about events taking place throughout. See you soon!

Best,

Undocumented Student Program

 


ACADEMIC COUNSELING

Have questions about academics, residency, financial aid, housing, and more? Make an appointment to meet with our academic counseling staff!

To meet with Deisy Leanos Meza, USP Academic Counselor, make an appointment (https://deisyleanos.youcanbook.me) or email deisyleanos@berkeley.edu.

Drop In: Sign up for our USP drop-in appointments by calling (510.664.5348) or visiting the Undocumented Community Resource Center. Sign-ups begin at 10 am and are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
– Marcela’s Drop in hours: Tuesdays 1-3pm
– Deisy’s Drop in hours: Wednesdays 1-3pm

Marcela and/or Deisy are also available for EOP/USP same day appointments 1-4pm on Thursdays. Schedule a same day appointment with EOP/USP here. Sign-ups open at 9am Mon-Thurs.

USP Peer Academic Counselors are also available at the EOP/USP space in MLK BNorth! Come see them:

  • Mondays 10am-2pm,
  • Tuesdays 9-11am,
  • Wednesdays 12-3pm and 3-4pm
  • Thursdays 9-10am


MEET WITH A FINANCIAL AID ADVISOR

Do you have questions about Financial Aid? Every Wednesday from 1-4pm, log in to get in line and speak to a Financial Aid Advisor. Please make sure you select to get into the FASO/Partner Advising Qeue. You will then be called via phone once it is your turn to speak to the advisor to get your questions answered.

Qeue hours of operation:

  • Fall Term: Wednesdays 1:00-4:00  – October 19th – November 16th

EMERGENCY GRANTS


USP provides limited funding to students needing financial assistance. The application for the fall 2022 semester is now open! Apply here by December 5th.


MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

Wellness Groups & Workshops: Join other undocumented students to learn emotional management skills and find support in community. Please reference the event calendar to find out about upcoming workshops. 

Let’s Talk/Drop-In:
Let’s Talk is a casual consult with a licensed mental health provider, which can help you explore resources and discuss how counseling might be helpful. Reserve a 25-minute consult slot at this link: https://www.wejoinin.com/USPmentalhealth.

Note: Let’s Talk is not appropriate for students needing urgent help or in the middle of a crisis. Please call CAPS at (510) 642-9494 to speak with a same-day advice counselor. If you are needing help when CAPS is closed, please call the after-hours crisis line at (855) 817-5667.

Scheduled Appointments:
Individual appointments will continue to be offered in person and virtually (i.e., phone or zoom). To schedule an appointment, call:
-Dr. Bianca Barrios (510) 664-5342
-Dr. Diana Pena (510) 664-7483

USP Mental Health Services Contact Info:
(510) 664-5342


IMMIGRATION LEGAL SUPPORT


EBCLC is the legal service provider for USP. As one of the largest providers of free legal services in the East Bay and home to eight of Berkeley Law’s community-based clinics, EBCLC places tremendous importance on the health of our staff, students, clients and the public. In an effort to support community well-being, we have closed our offices and have cancelled our drop-in appointments and in-person clinics from Thursday, March 12, 2020 until further notice. We are committed to providing responsive legal services in the areas of housing, health, immigration, education, and economic security, and we will continue to do so with the utmost respect for our clients. Please schedule remote appointments through our online booking system for non-DACA renewal related inquiries, DACA renewals online booking system, or  email us at usplegal@ebclc.org, or contact your caseworker for assistance with a legal matter. Thank you for your cooperation and support.

Current Clients of EBCLC
For current clients of EBCLC, please reach out to your caseworker directly regarding any questions or concerns.

General Consultations
All general consultations scheduled through our online booking system will take place by phone or Zoom. Until further notice, we will not have in-person general consultations at our Adeline office or at 180 Cesar Chavez. If you already have a scheduled appointment, EBCLC staff will contact you directly to arrange for a remote appointment. If you would like to schedule, reschedule or cancel an appointment, please visit the USP website. Please contact usplegal@ebclc.org with any questions or concerns.

DACA RENEWAL UPDATE (as of 1/3/2022): The USP Legal Support Team will submit renewals for DACA recipients, but are prioritizing those with earlier expiration dates (within the next 6 months). Please make an appointment beginning 160 days before a DACA work permit will expire. For questions about initial applications, please email usplegal@ebclc.org.      As of 7/27/2021, general DACA Program Updates can be found here: https://immigrantsrising.org/daca/ .  To schedule a DACA Renewal appointment, please do so here. 

Allow Reuse of Some Biometrics
Applicants who had an appointment scheduled with an ASC on or after the March 18, 2020 USCIS closures or who filed an I-765 extension will have their application processed using previously submitted biometrics. This will remain in effect until ASCs resume normal operations.


UNDOCUMENTED GRADUATE STUDENT RESOURCES

Undocumented students in graduate and professional degree programs have access to Office for Graduate Diversity and the Undocumented Student Program services such as immigration legal support, mental health support, financial support, and a full-time Undocumented Graduate Student Specialist. Reach out to us for the support!
Read about UndocuGrad resources here.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SUPPORT

The Marco Antonio Firebaugh Scholars program is an undergraduate research program that serves, undocumented, formerly incarcerated, and/or system-impacted undergraduate students. 
Firebaugh Scholars receive funding and academic support to design and complete an independent faculty-sponsored research project over the course of one academic year. Scholars also receive support in applying to graduate school and post-baccalaureate opportunities. Contact email: firebaughscholars@berkeley.edu

APPOINTMENTS W/ USP GRADUATE STUDENT INTERN

Meet with the USP graduate student intern to ask for questions regarding graduate and/or professional school or to go over any graduate school application materials. If you wish to discuss application materials such as resumes, CVs, and or personal statements, please send all materials to miroslava_guzmanp@berkeley.edu. Miroslava is available by appointment or Tuesdays 10-11am at the Undocumented Community Resource Center.