The following resources are related to the inclusion and protection of non-U.S. citizens in our community.

The Center for Inclusion and Diversity (CID) will serve as a one-stop for anyone with questions or concerns. Contact the CID at 619-260-7455, visit Maher Hall 253 or email

On-Campus Resources On-Campus Resources See a list of resources and guidance available at USD.
Off-Campus Resources Off-Campus Resources See a list of recommended resources in the San Diego area.
Know Your Rights Know Your Rights See video and resources to Know Your Rights.

5 Things You Should Know About DACA

What is DACA?

DACA is the acronym for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program created in 2012 by the Obama administration allowing young people brought to this country illegally by their parents to get a temporary reprieve from deportation and to receive permission to work, study and obtain driver's licenses.

DACA applicants had to be younger than 31 years old when the program began. They also had to prove that they had lived in the United States continuously since June 15, 2007, and that they had arrived in the U.S. before the age of 16.

Those signing up for DACA must show that they have clean criminal records. They have to be enrolled in high school or college, or serve in the military. Their status is renewable every two years.

Continue reading on NPR: "5 Questions About DACA Answered"

Video: #UndocuJoy

#UndocuJoy combats victimizing representations of people who are undocumented by flooding the media with authentic images of happiness.  They encourage undocumented Americans to share their authentic moments of joy, and allies are encouraged to spread their message.

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Share the UndocuJoy!
See/hear some uplifting poetry from Yosimar Reyes in this video.

USD’s Integration Efforts with Other Catholic, Educational and Social Service Organizations

The University of San Diego as a Roman Catholic institution is working in collaboration with other Catholic and faith based organizations, as well as with other universities and social service agencies in efforts to support DACA, undocumented and international students, immigrants and refugees in the community at large. As the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church states, “Participation is a duty to be fulfilled consciously by all, with responsibility and with a view to the common good.” Therefore, in collaboration with the Diocese of San Diego as well as with national, state and local San Diego Catholic charities, USD will provide referral services through its CID office, the USD Law Clinic, as well as with other colleges and universities. These free of charge services are to better protect and connect our Catholic and non-Catholic community experiencing a need of services due to federal legislation affecting their immigration status.  Even though this is not an exhaustive list, there are many agencies (at USD and in the San Diego community) that can support immigrant students, employees and their families.

We encourage our international and immigrant students, employees and their families to contact the Center for Inclusion and Diversity Office (CID) as the first point of contact where information and referrals will be made to support anyone needing assistance.  Based on one’s comfort level or because an individual might have already built a relationship with a USD faculty member, staff member or particular center, that individual or center can also be a starting point for the conversation to then guide you to the correct service.