International/Undocumented Student Emergency Fund

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Dear Donors,

Welcome to the International and Undocumented Student Emergency Fund WaveStarter campaign! We are thrilled to see your interest in supporting this important cause.

This WaveStarter Campaign will provide for the continuation of emergency funding which international, DACAmented, and undocumented students rely on to cover unanticipated expenses in times of uncertainty. 

Please explore this page to gain more information about our campaign. 

To learn about international students at Tulane, please visit the  Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) website and find out more information about the Undocumented Student Support Committee at the Center for Academic Equity’s DACA and undocumented students webpage


Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,
Dr. Paula N. Booke
Director, Center for Academic Equity

Elizabeth Nazar
Associate Director, Office of International Students and Scholars


 

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Description

Tulane University is an intellectual community with global reach. Tulanians hold citizenship in more than 99 different countries. The diversity of national heritage represented in our students, faculty, and staff drives our unique capacity to create, communicate, and conserve knowledge. The current pandemic and the social climate have placed additional stressors on members of our community who do not hold U.S. citizenship. This campaign is designed to provide emergency funding for international, undocumented and DACAmented students to support their academic achievement and continued engagement within the Tulane University community.

Funding is a scarce resource for international/undocumented/DACAmented students in higher educational institutions. These students are not eligible for federal or state aid, including workstudy, and they are ineligible for most loans unless they can find a U.S. Citizen co-signer. While these student communities have been adversely impacted by the global pandemic, they are not eligible for the economic stimulus or any current government programs designed to alleviate the financial constraints of this present moment. Providing international, undocumented, and DACAmented students with financial assistance for emergencies can help them achieve a level stability as they work to navigate difficult circumstances.

For DACAmented/undocumented students, “living without legal immigration status brings higher levels of stress and constant financial insecurity negatively affects undocumented youths’ morale, sense of wellness, beliefs about the future, and sense of hope.” (Kamal, F. & Killian, K.D. Refuge, (2017). Invisible Lives and Hidden Realities of Undocumented Youth, Refuge, 31 (2), 65) Access to financial resources is essential to the success of this student population. Many international/DACAmented/undocumented students are excelling in their fields of study, contributing to research and innovation, and helping to make a better world for all of us. At the same time, they are facing great challenges and uncertainty in the current political climate. International students impacted by Travel Ban 3.0 have additional financial burdens and new regulations are in the works that could potentially limit work authorization opportunities for all international students. DACAmented/undocumented students’ future outlooks are constantly in flux and many are concerned that they could lose DACA coverage in the coming months. Access to an emergency fund will help these students to swiftly traverse financial challenges and lower the anxiety levels of DACAmented/undocumented and international students whose futures are the subject of political debate.

Community support is integral for these students to remain at Tulane. We ask for assistance in securing a bright future for this student population. Every dollar counts, and will help alleviate students’ financial burdens and help students continue their studies and persist towards graduation.

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The International and Undocumented Student Emergency Fund will provide emergency assistance to a limited number of students per academic year. Funds will be used for items such as books, classes, health care, housing, self-care, transportation, legal needs. Any remaining funds will be used to respond to unforeseen financial hardships/emergencies for this population of students, such as parental job loss, currency devaluation, medical conditions, etc. Funds will generally be given as one time awards and award decisions will be made based on the applicant’s individual situation. Amounts awarded are subject to availability of funds per year and the applicant may not receive the total amount requested.

Why are donations necessary?

Access to an emergency fund will help these students to swiftly traverse financial challenges and lower their anxiety levels. Community support is integral for these students to remain at Tulane. We ask for your assistance in securing a bright future for this student population. Every dollar counts, and will help alleviate students’ financial burdens and help them continue their studies and persist towards graduation.