Office for Institutional Diversity

Resources for Undocumented and Immigrant Community Members

President Audrey Bilger's DACA Amicus Letter

October 10, 2019

Dear Students, Staff, and Faculty, 

A few days ago, Reed College joined with more than 140 colleges and universities in the fight to maintain protections for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients in a case that will be heard this November by the Supreme Court of the United States. Reed stands with DACA recipients as they withstand threats to the protections they were promised.

On September 25, 2017, the Trump administration rescinded DACA. This action put more than 700,000 undocumented students at risk of deportation. These young people, often known as “Dreamers,” were brought to this country as children and in many instances have known no other home. DACA protections made it possible for Dreamers to get driver’s licenses, gain greater access to college, work authorization, and protection from deportation; in essence, DACA allowed recipients to become active and productive members in the communities in which they were raised. 

The Court could hand down a ruling as soon as February 2020 that will determine whether DACA recipients will lose the ability to live, study, and work in the United States. Reed College signed the Amicus Brief to fight to uphold the promise that was made to Dreamers. DACA recipients built their lives in the United States and are American in every way.  They deserve to be treated with dignity and humanity. 

For those of you who have less than one year before needing to renew your DACA application, legal advocates are encouraging you to reapply quickly. We have provided resources on the Diversity at Reed website. Those in need of additional assistance may contact Britt Hoover, Assistant Dean for Student Support.



President John Kroger sanctuary campus statement

November 18, 2016

I hereby declare that Reed College is a sanctuary college for the purposes of immigration. We steadfastly support all members of our community regardless of their immigration status.

As a sanctuary college, Reed will not assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the investigation of the immigration status of our students, staff, or faculty absent a direct court order.

In addition, Reed College does not discriminate in admission on the basis of immigration status. We meet the full financial need of all admitted students, including undocumented students. This means we provide institutional financial aid to make up for the federal aid that these students are unable to apply for, such as Pell Grants.

As you may know, Portland is a sanctuary city and Multnomah is a sanctuary county. We’re proud of that fact. If for some reason that designation changes, it will not alter our policy.

John R. Kroger

Vice President Mike Brody immigration statement

January 30, 2017

Dear Reed Community,

The news over the weekend of the Trump administration’s Executive Order calling for an immigration ban has caused widespread confusion and concern. We know that for some in our community, these developments are particularly troubling.

We do not currently have any members of our international student community on visas from the seven countries subject to the immigration ban. Nonetheless, we know that for some students, as well as staff and faculty, and especially for those who identify as Muslim, this is a time of great fear and uncertainty. We want you to know that we stand with you.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates for our international students. In the meantime, I hope that we will focus on doing everything we can to come together as a community. Reed is undeniably and immeasurably enriched by the diversity of people who live and learn, work and teach here, together.

With hope and in gratitude,

President John Kroger statement on DACA

September 4, 2017

In November of 2016, I joined 639 other college and university presidents in urging President Trump to uphold and continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. I reiterate now what we stated then; DACA should be upheld, continued, and strengthened.

DACA is a moral imperative and a national necessity. The program supports talented students who have been raised and educated in the United States and are a part of our national and local communities. They represent what is best about America, and as scholars and leaders, they are essential to our future.

With DACA protections, countless individuals have been able to pursue opportunities in business, education, high tech, and the nonprofit sector. They have gone to medical school, law school, and graduate schools in numerous disciplines. They are actively contributing to their local communities and economies.

Reed College intends to continue to support these students. I urge President Trump to do the same. I urge the President to continue the DACA program and to find a solution for a permanent path forward to help ensure that all students have access to education.

John R. Kroger

Campus Contacts

Kristen G. Anderson

Professor of Psychology
Psychology 122
Phone: 503-517-7410

Mary James

Dean for Institutional Diversity
Eliot 312
Phone: 503-777-7250

Jessika Chi

Assistant Dean for Institutional Diversity
Eliot 312
Phone: 503-517-5065

Michelle Valintis

Director of Human Resources
Eliot 305
Phone: 503-777-7705

Santi Alston

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Eliot 108A
Phone: 503-517-4842

Disclosure of Student Information

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to review Reed's policies on disclosure of student information, such as educational records, medical and psychiatric records, financial aid information, and personal information, to entities outside of the institution. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records.

Information on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Information for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in response to the DACA rescission announcement. This document serves as a quick reference point that outlines the implications of the rescission announcement.

Resources for DACA Renewal:

On-Campus Resources

Reed Emergency Loan Funds

The Reed Emergency Loan serves students who are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to receive assistance from their parents or family members on an emergency short-term basis. These emergency loans are typically limited to $500 or less and must be repaid by the end of the semester in which the loan is made.

Contact: Business office, Eliot 307 & 308, Phone: 503-777-7505,

Reed Emergency Fund

The emergency fund is a limited resource available for students who have short-term or one-time needs that are deemed immediately vital to the personal health or the academic well-being of the student. These funds may become available only after one has exhausted all funding opportunities available through student financial aid and the Reed Emergency Loan Funds.

Complete this form to request funding.

Contact: Milyon Trulove, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, Eliot 221A, 503-777-7562,

Visit Financial Aid's Emergency Funding website for more information.

Off-Campus Resources

Legal Assistance

American Immigration Lawyers Association

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services

Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services provides high quality immigration legal services to low income immigrants and refugees, and engages in public education, training and community outreach in order to promote justice for all newcomers and conditions for their full participation in American society.

2740 SE Powell Boulevard, #2
Portland, OR 97202
Phone: 503-542-2855

Immigration Counseling Service

For more than 35 years, ICS has been dedicated to improving the lives of Oregon’s immigrant communities by providing affordable immigration legal services and free informational forums.

519 SW Park Ave., Suite 610
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503-221-1689 is a searchable online directory of over 1,000 free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states. Users can search by state, zip code, or detention facility. Users can also refine their search by types and areas of legal assistance provided, populations served, languages spoken, other areas of legal assistance, and non-legal services provided.

Informed Immigrant

This webpage has information and resources for obtaining legal assistance to help with DACA renewals. Informed Immigrant's guides and Resource Library are continually refreshed with the latest guidance and materials curated from respected organizations such as the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) so that you can stay informed.

Legal Aid Services of Oregon

Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is an effective, high-quality legal services program with a mission to achieve justice for the low-income communities of Oregon. LASO emphasizes areas of law where these needs are greatest and where representation and advocacy can have the most impact for vulnerable Oregonians.

520 SW 6th Ave Suite 700
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503-224-4086

Lutheran Community Services Northwest

ICAP provides low-cost immigration counseling to the Portland Metro’s refugee and immigrant populations.

605 SE Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214
Phone: 503-231-7480

Oregon Law Center

Oregon Law Center (OLC) provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals to assure fairness on matters related to critical needs like food, shelter, medical care, income, and physical safety.

Oregon State Bar Lawyer Referral Service

Individuals are entitled to an initial consultation of up to 30 minutes for a maximum fee of $35. Any additional fees are arranged between the individual and the lawyer.

Phone: 503-684-3763

Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees

Founded in 1979, the mission of Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees (SOAR) is to assist refugees in becoming self-sufficient, integrated community members.

7931 NE Halsey St., Suite 302
Portland, OR 97213
Phone: 503-384-2482

United Services for Counseling

The Immigration Legal Services Program offers counseling, representation and advocacy for a range of immigration legal matters.

10175 SW Barbur Blvd.,
Suite 308-BA
Portland, OR 97219
Phone: 503-698-4929

Portland Community Organizations

Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization

IRCO's mission is to promote the integration of refugees, immigrants and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy and inclusive multi-ethnic society.

10301 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97220
Phone: 503-234-1541


Causa is Oregon’s Latino immigrant rights organization. Causa works to defend and advance immigrant rights by coordinating with local, state, and national coalitions and allies.

Phone: 503-409-2473

Coalition of Communities of Color

Formed in 2001, the Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) is an alliance of culturally-specific community based organizations with representation from the following communities of color: African, African American, Asian, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, and Slavic.

221 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite 303
Portland, OR 97209
Phone: 503-200-5722

Latino Network

We are a Latino-led education organization, grounded in culturally-specific practices and services, that lifts up youth and families to reach their full potential. See their immigration toolkits and referrals (available in English and Spanish).

Refugee Assistance & Information Network International

We are Refugee Assistance and Information Network (RAIN) International, and we have created a hub for refugee resettlement and response efforts.

Unite Oregon

Led by people of color, immigrants, refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty, we work across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice.

700 N. Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR 97217

Online Resources

Affordable Colleges Online

Information for undocumented students about national scholarships, tuition and enrollment policies by state, advocacy organizations, and financial aid.

American Immigration Council

The American Immigration Council, established in 1987, works to strengthen America by honoring our immigrant history and shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration.

Black Alliance for Just Immigration

The Black Alliance for Justice Immigration (BAJI) believes that a thriving multiracial democracy requires racial, social, and economic justice for all. African Americans and Black immigrants are stronger together, and we can win by becoming leaders in the fight against structural racism and systemic discrimination.

College Greenlight

We help students discover, research, and build relationships with the colleges and universities that will allow them to succeed. Scholarship information available.

College Guide Series for Undocumented Students has curated a series of open-use guides dedicated to fostering collegieate success for undocumented students. These guides contain information on core topics including financial aid, student and constitutional rights, DACA legislation, and more sources for legal support and advocacy.

Council on American-Islamic Relations

CAIR's mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

Generation Progress

Generation Progress is a national organization that works with and for young people to promote progressive solutions to key political and social challenges. Scholarship information available.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

The ILRC seeks to improve immigration law and policy, expand the capacity of legal service providers, and advance immigrant rights.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”, MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access. Scholarship information available.

My (Un)Documented Life

Our mission at My (Un)Documented Life is to provide up-to-date information and resources to undocumented immigrants. We post scholarship opportunities that are open to undocumented students, strategies for navigating the educational system, information on how to apply for DACA/Advanced Parole, news on DAPA, and much more.

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) advocates for public policies that increase student access and success; serves as a forum on student financial aid issues, and is committed to diversity throughout all activities. Scholarship information available.

National Council of La Raza

We partner with Affiliates across the country to serve millions of Latinos in the areas of civic engagement, civil rights and immigration, education, workforce and the economy, health, and housing.

National Immigration Law Center

Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants. See their multilingual Know Your Rights guides.


DREAMers are inherently motivated and resilient students who want to earn a college degree and make a difference in the world. Through a rigorous selection process, we select Scholars who have demonstrated the ability to succeed in college and in life. Our goal is to fund 4,000+ DREAMer Graduates.

United We Dream

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. Our powerful nonpartisan network is made up of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. See their multilingual Know Your Rights guide.