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:
We encourage students, staff, faculty and community members to attend the Undocumented Ally Training offered by the Office of Undocumented Student Support and DREAM Action NIU student organization. This training is offered once per semester in the fall and spring. After training, display a sign on your office door stating your support of undocumented students.
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.