USC IDEAS was founded in Spring 2011 in order to create a safe space and positive dialogue among undocumented students (DREAMers) and allies. If you are interested in becoming involved in assuring that all students at USC are fairly considered for any form of financial assistance and scholarship opportunities and grants, please contact our very own student organization focused on the needs and concerns of the immigrant and undocumented student communities.
- You can connect with Vanessa Gomez Brake, the Associate Dean of Religious Life at USC and the point of contact for coordinating efforts and opportunities across campus that support immigrant and international students. She can connect you with resources regarding financial aid, academic and housing issues, and confidential advising.
- Legal Resources:
- Immigrants and Global Migration Initiative (IGMI): IGMI, through existing projects on campus, will provide direct services to immigrant communities and neighbors of the university’s campuses. As a result, USC students and staff, and members of the community will directly benefit from the research, policy advocacy, and direct services provided. Ultimately, IGMI strives to become the premier location in the nation for intellectual discussion, debate, and insight with regards to immigration, migration, and immigrant populations.
- The Gould School of Law Immigration Clinic is staffed by law students, faculty, and staff and provides free legal representation to adults and children from all over the world, including Mexico, Central and South America, and Africa. The Immigration Clinic’s two direct service projects are the USC Gould Immigrant Legal Assistance Center (ILAC) and the USC Citizenship Initiative. All legal services provided by the Immigration Clinic are free of charge.
- Each year, GSG and USG provide free legal advising to the student population at USC. Legal advising is every Monday ( 3:00-9:00 pm) and each appointment is 30 minutes. Fill out this form to request an appointment.