USP Services for Spring 2022

Dear USP Students,

Welcome to the Spring 2022 semester!  In alignment with the campus instruction plan for the first two weeks of classes, USP will be providing services virtually during this same time frame. On February 1st, we will begin our hybrid services (in-person and virtual) and will be opening the Undocumented Community Resource Center at a limited capacity. More information to come soon! Please see below on how to access our different services. We are here for and with you and look forward to connecting!

Best,

Undocumented Student Program

 


ACADEMIC COUNSELING


The USP Academic Counselor, Valeria, is available to assist you with any questions you have about academics, financial aid, residency, and more.

Valeria will be available for same-day appointments during the first two weeks of classes. You can signing up for a same day appointment starting at 9am each day, here.

You can also make a pre-scheduled appointment here. If you have any questions or the available times do not work for you, please email vcayala77@berkeley.edu.

Starting ake a Thursday Same-day appointment here. (10am-1pm on Thursday’s. Sign-ups open at 9am on Thursday’s.)


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:

  • Spring Term: Wednesdays 1:00-4:00 January 26 – May 4, 2022
    • Closed Wednesday 3/23

EMERGENCY GRANTS


The Spring 2022 application will be available during the 6 week of the semester. If you have any questions, email uspemergencygrant@gmail.com.


MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

Wellness Groups: Join other undocumented students to learn emotional management skills and find support in community. Go to wejoinin.com/USPmentalhealth to sign up and read below for more info on both groups:

  • Undocu-Wellness in Action: An 8 week psycho-educational, skill-building group for undocumented students experiencing mild to moderate anxiety, depression, or stress. Learn strategies for emotional awareness, develop coping tools for status-related issues, and incorporate wellness techniques to shift from surviving to thriving.

  • HeartSpeak: a weekly support space for undocumented students that centers social connection as a foundation for wellness, racial trauma-healing, and resilience. Each virtual session will offer a conversational space, coping strategies shared through collective wisdom, and beginner-level mindfulness meditation practice.  

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 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, 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
As of March 12, 2020, 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 4/27/2020):
Given the pending DACA case at the Supreme Court, the USP Legal Support Team will submit renewals for DACA recipients regardless of the date of expiration.

DACA Renewal Clinics
As of March 12, 2020,  we will continue to complete DACA renewals using remote options, including by phone and Zoom appointments. If you are scheduled for an upcoming DACA Renewal Clinic, EBCLC will reach out to you directly with remote options to complete your DACA renewal with us. Please email usplegal@ebclc.org if the sole reason for the appointment is a DACA renewal.

Biometrics (Fingerprinting) Appointments
On Monday, March 30, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will reuse previously submitted biometrics in order to process valid Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, extension requests due to the temporary closure of Application Support Centers (ASC) to the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.