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Undocumented Student Resources

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The Undocumented Student Program at Imperial Valley College serves all students, faculty and staff who identify as undocumented, AB 540, DACA and those with mixed-status families. We strongly advocate for the rights of our undocumented community and work towards creating a better climate for our undocumented community on our campus.

We are located in the Student Affairs Office (Building 1000), office 1000-B. For immediate assistance please call 760-355-6509 or email


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Your Undocumented Students Program Staff

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Yareli Rivera-Suamataia, M.A
Director, Student Development and Activities
DREAM Liaison
📱 760-355-6509
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Javier A. Melara
Outreach Specialist, Undocumented Students Program
📱 760-355-6146


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Higher Education Legal Services

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Welcome From The Director

At Imperial Valley College, we are committed to the support of students from diverse immigration statuses. We recognize and support Undocumented, AB 540, DACAmented and mixed-status students through a variety of services to enhance your educational experience. I am happy to meet with you, one on one, to further create pathways of success in your time at Imperial Valley College and look into future plans and how we can contribute to such plans. Within the department, we provide an equity-driven service, always believing in your potential as a student.



Immigration Legal Services

hels logo bigThe Higher Education Legal Services (HELS) initiative is a unique opportunity for students, staff, and faculty at local colleges to access personalized Immigration Legal Services from highly qualified legal practitioners. JFS Immigration Attorneys and Department of Justice Representatives are available at local schools to provide culturally-competent, trauma-informed, and reliable expertise to the campus community.


 Services include:

  • Immigration eligibility consultations
  • DACA renewal
  • Naturalization
  • Family-based immigration
  • Know Your Rights sessions
  • Emergency Planning & Safety Preparedness
  • Other immigration services

Watch Informational Video Here:





How to Pay for College

California Dream Act Service Incentive Grant Program


Community Resources

San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center


Employee rights (You have rights regardless of immigration status)

College Mental Health/ Counseling

  • Mental Health Counseling Services at the IVC Student Health Center provides short-term individual, couples, family, and group therapy to currently enrolled students.
  • Hours of operation are Monday-Friday from approximately 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. Provider availability may vary during those times.
  • You may contact us at (760) 355-6310 or by visiting us in Room 1536, Next to the Assessment Center (400 Building). Click here to visit the website.


10 Steps to Support IVC Undocumented Students

1. Be Visible and Supportive: Update your office and instructional setting to be supportive of undocumented students. Display support signs in your office!
2. Know the Safe Spaces: Check the safe and welcoming spaces for undocumented students in campus.
3. Do Not Force Disclosure: With your students, be patient and create an environment of trust, do not force status disclosure. Wait until the student is ready!
4. The Student is First: Always remember -THE STUDENT IS FIRST- listen to them and be supportive. If the trust is built, ask them to explain their narrative.
5. Campus Resources: Visit the website and check the resources available for our undocumented students.
6. 1-1 Services: All cases are different, make sure to understand the student's situation and refer them correctly.
7. An Umbrella Term: Familiarize and understand the term "undocumented" as well as AB 540, DACA and mixed-status. This will help to understand the student's narrative.
8. Check HELS Immigration Updates: For all immigration updates and policies, revise the different changes pointed out by Higher Education Legal Services.
9. Keep Up to Date: Visit the Undocumented Student Program website and social media. Attend the workshops, events and trainings!
10. Advocate as an Ally! Advocate for change in campus to enhance the educational experience of undocumented students.


Undocumented Student Resources