Resources for Undocumented and DACA Students
Sanctuary college: a place for all
Message from the PCC President
“At the heart of Portland Community College is a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. These values are essential to the college’s mission, to our accreditation themes, to the Board’s goals and objectives, and to the college’s strategic plan. In keeping with these values, the Portland Community College Board of Directors has moved to apply the term ‘sanctuary college’ to PCC.”Mark Mitsui
President, Portland Community College
- See the complete statement, board resolution, and PCC procedure regarding immigration enforcement
- See answers to some frequently asked questions to learn more
- Find additional support related to recent executive actions.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program
On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The PCC community is disheartened by this decision and reaffirm Portland Community College’s support of and commitment to our DREAMERs, DACA, and Undocumented students. We are aware that many PCC members are experiencing uncertainty and anxiety around this matter. I encourage you to explore the resources within PCC and our community that are included below and that you reach out for support as needed. You are valuable members of our community and we support our DREAMers!
- Your FERPA rights at PCC
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) protects the education records of any student who has ever enrolled at PCC.
- Report an incident
At PCC, we take care of each other. We keep each other healthy, protected, and free from self-harm. Are you worried about a student? Did you see something questionable? Are you experiencing discrimination in the workplace? Please tell someone!
- Dean of Students
Your Deans of Students are committed to helping you thrive at PCC – in and out of the classroom. We are committed to promoting the success, dignity, and worth of every student and to providing a safe and culturally inclusive environment for learning and growth. It is our goal that you understand your rights as a student and we are here to help you navigate when you hit a challenge. We will also help you understand your responsibilities as a member of our college community.
- Counseling Services
PCC offers free, confidential, short-term (1-8 sessions) counseling services to currently-enrolled students. Counselors assist students with academic, personal, and career counseling, and work with students to improve study skills, reduce test anxiety, choose a career, manage stress, and locate community resources.
- Multicultural Center
The Multicultural Center provides a brave space, a welcoming environment to support, retain, and empower diverse students to achieve academic excellence and become brave leaders who challenge and dismantle systems of oppression within PCC and their communities.
- Women’s Resource Center
The Portland Community College Women’s Resource Centers provide a central location for services that support the academic achievement of women and promote a campus community that is safe, inclusive, and equitable. Our goal is to increase access to education for women, improve the retention of women students at the college, and encourage women’s leadership development. We welcome students of all genders.
- Queer Resource Center
The Portland Community College Queer Resource Centers facilitate a campus community that intentionally advocates for, supports, and empowers students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all sexualities, sexes, gender identities, and gender expressions. We conduct educational outreach as well as provide a safer, welcoming space that offers both academic and personal support to Portland Community College’s LGBTQQ and Ally communities.
- Veterans Resource Center
The Veterans Resource Centers provide a safer space for our veteran students to receive peer networking support services and resources to improve their successful integration into educational society. We provide an environment where veterans can go to deescalate, decompress, network and socialize with other veterans.
- Career Exploration Center
PCC Career Resource Centers are the place to go for help with exploring career options and finding career information.
- Public Safety
- Emergency: 971-722-4444 or 911
Report crime, suspicious activity or injury
- Non-Emergency: 971-722-4902
Safety escorts and other non-emergency services
- Emergency: 971-722-4444 or 911
- PCC’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Benefitted staff only
The EAP provides services free and confidential services to help people privately resolve problems that may interfere with work, family, and other important areas of life. The EAP provides FREE and confidential services to eligible employees, their spouses or domestic partner’s, dependents, and household members, related or not.
- Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA)
In Oregon, eligible undocumented students have access to several ways to help pay for college. You can start by filling out the ORSAA to be eligible for state financial aid.
- PCC DREAMers Scholarship
Students are eligible for this scholarship opportunity if they are first generation college students, demonstrate financial need, ineligible to apply for Federal Financial Aid, preference given to students who speak Spanish, scholarship recipients will be invited to participate in a leadership program offered through the PCC Multicultural Center during the scholarship year. Applications will open up again in December 2017.
- Emergency loans and grants
The college has limited funds either in small grant form (free money) or short-term, interest-free loans (money that needs to be repaid) to help students who experience a financial emergency that makes it difficult to stay in school.
- PCC payment plan
Our interest-free payment plans allows students to spread the cost of their education into affordable monthly or bi-weekly payments.
Other student development resources
- The Illumination Project
The Illumination Project (IP) is an innovative student leadership and education program designed to foster a climate of equality, compassion, justice, and respect for all people in the PCC academic community and the community-at-large. Offers students 12 tuition free/reduced credits in a supportive environment.
- Transiciones Oeste Cohort Program
Rock Creek Women’s Resource Center
Transiciones Oeste is a strength-based program that offers a supportive learning community tailored to Latina women transitioning to college. It provides nine free credits, including College Survival & Success, Today’s Careers, and Introduction to Women’s Studies.
We are the students of Portland Community College. Each campus has its own ASPCC organization with different activities, events and clubs. As a PCC student you may participate in any and all that each group has to offer. There are many paid student leadership positions and always room for volunteers. Get involved, build your resume and have fun! We are here to support you!
- Momentum Alliance – DACA Renewal Fund
Momentum Alliance and community members are fundraising funds to support DACA recipients who live in Oregon and SW Washington who are eligible to renew their DACA application before the October 5th, 2017 deadline. Funds will be available to DACA recipients on a first-come, first-serve basis and the amount available depends on the outcome of the fundraiser. The application will close September 21st, 2017.
- Casa of Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA)
A matched savings account. IDAs enable families with limited financial resources to save and build assets fast while developing good financial habits. You apply for a savings plan, the state then matches with a 1:5 ratio up to $8,000 for a total of $9,600 over 3 years.
- American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon (ACLU)
The Oregon Affiliate of the ACLU is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of civil liberties and civil rights. The national organization works daily in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
- Latino Network
The Latino Network is a Latino-led education organization, grounded in culturally-specific practices and services, that lifts up youth and families to reach their full potential. Website lists community resources, information toolkits, and referrals.
- Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees (SOAR)
Immigration Legal Services provides culturally competent, immigration-related legal representation and education to low income refugees and immigrants in and around the Portland metro area.
- Catholic Charities of Portland – Immigration Legal Services (Portland Office)
Catholic Charities seeks to respond to the ever emerging needs of the poor and vulnerable throughout western Oregon.
- CAUSA Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Organization
Causa works to improve the lives of Latino immigrants and their families in Oregon through advocacy, coalition building, leadership development, and civic engagement.
- Oregon Law Help
Free Legal Information for Low-Income Oregonians.
- Community crisis lines
- Multnomah County: 503-988-4888
- Washington County: 503-291-9111 (se habla español)
- Columbia County: 503-397-5211
- Oregon consulates
- Other resources
- National Immigration Law Center (NILC) – Know Your Rights
- Portland Refugee and Immigrant Community Directory [pdf]
- ACLU – Know Your Rights
- United We Dream – Here To Stay Toolkit
- Surviving & Resisting: Defending DACA – A Toolkit for DREAMers
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) [pdf]
- ACLU Video – Raids Watch: Know Your Rights
- United We Dream – Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP)
Seeks to organize and empower Undocumented Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer immigrants, LGBTQ immigrants and allies to address social and systemic barriers that affect themselves and the broader LGBTQ and immigrant community.
- We Are Here To Stay
This site is powered and updated by immigrant youth on the latest informational and advocacy resources.
- My Undocumented Life
Find up-to-date information and resources on DACA, scholarships, education, internships, and financial and legal assistance.
- Transgender Law Center
Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.
- National Suicide Hotline
- 1-800-273-8255 (se habla español)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- National Sexual Assault Hotline
- 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
- RAINN – The National Sexual Assault Hotline