Faculty and Staff Advocacy

As part of the NIU community, there are many ways you can support our undocumented students. Keep these general tips in mind:

  • Use the term "undocumented," not "illegal."
  • Don't ask students to tell you their immigration status. If they do tell you, keep it confidential. 
  • Refer students to us for support.

Consider the following ways to get more involved:

Faculty Advocate Group

You can support undocumented students by joining Faculty Advocates for Undocumented Students. This group of faculty, instructors, staff and others have shown their support by:

  • Raising funds for the Immediate Assistance Fund and DACA renewals.
  • Participating in the Coming Out of the Shadows rally and march.
  • Promoting understanding of issues facing undocumented students, particularly in the classroom.

For more information, contact Beatrix Hoffman at beatrix@niu.edu.

Syllabus Statement

We encourage faculty and instructors to include a statement in their syllabi about resources for undocumented students. Here's a suggested statement:

Undocumented students: You are welcome in this class. NIU's Office of Undocumented Student Support can help you with advising, campus services, scholarship information and other resources. Their services are confidential and are also open to students from mixed-status families.

Contact Us

Office of Undocumented Student Support
Northern Illinois University
Campus Life Building 230
545 Lucinda Avenue
DeKalb, IL 60115
undocumented@niu.edu

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