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Undocumented Initiatives

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Our Programs

In accordance with Governor Inslee’s recent Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, we have adjusted our programming and use of space for the remainder of the semester. Here are the programs and services we are currently offering:

Undocumented Initiatives Virtual Office Hours

Join us in our virtual center! Starting Monday, March 30, you can hang out with us on Zoom and chat or ask any questions.
Our office hours will be:
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 10 – 11:30 a.m. (ZOOM ID: 809 887 938)
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3:30 – 5 p.m. (ZOOM ID: 602 415 416)
You can also email marcela.pattinson@wsu.edu or claudia.skinner@wsu.edu to organize a one-on-one talk.

Immigration Consultations

We will continue to offer remote immigration legal consultations to the WSU system.
Our schedule will be:
Tuesdays and Thursdays (March 31– April 23): 4 - 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 11: 10 a.m. – noon
Saturday, April 25: 10 a.m. – noon
There will generally be four appointments available per day and you can request an appointment time by emailing Kathy Railsback, director of the Immigration Law Clinic, at kathrynr@uidaho.edu. Please use your university email address and provide your best contact phone number. We look forward to working with you!

Mariposas Poderosas and Creative Care

Mariposas Poderosas will continue to run every Thursday at 6 p.m. via Zoom. If you are interested in joining the Mariposas Poderosas sessions, please email linda.vargas@wsu.edu or ela.sehic@wsu.edu.
Mariposas Creative Care will be running remotely via a private Facebook group where students can share the creative projects they are working on that are directed towards self-care and empowerment. If you are interested in joining the Mariposas Creative Care group, please email linda.vargas@wsu.edu or Jaime.ascencio@wsu.edu.

 


La Bienvenida (WSU Pullman)

La Bienvenida is a Spanish-language orientation program for new WSU Pullman students and their parents. Click here to learn more about La Bienvenida or email undocumented@wsu.edu.

Mariposas Poderosas (WSU Pullman)

Mariposas Poderosas is a weekly program at WSU Pullman that begins in the fall semester and continues throughout the year. The program uses a workbook created by the WSU Psychology Department and Undocumented Initiatives to help students learn the meaning and value of three pillars of resilience: hope for the future, emotional openness, and social support. Through this program, students will evaluate and build on their resiliency skills.

We also provide training to institutions that want to bring Mariposas Poderosas to their campus. Learn more about training opportunities.

Mariposas Creative Care (WSU Pullman)

Mariposas Creative Care is a weekly creative workshop at WSU Pullman. The workshops promote self-care, self-discovery, empowerment, resiliency, and creativity. Activities in this safe social space include: study tables, art tables, board games, movie socials, family dinners, weekend community service, and more. This is a drop-in/drop-out program that students can access whenever they need, whether they are undocumented, in the undocumented community, or an ally.

Immigration Consultations

Free Weekly Consultations (WSU System)

In partnership with the University of Idaho Immigration Law Clinic, we provide weekly free immigration consultations. The consultations assist students with concerns such as:
• Renewing DACA
• Pursuing naturalization or other options
• How marriage will affect their or their spouse’s status
• Any other issues that a student wishes to discuss

For questions, including how to access consultations from another campus, email undocumented@wsu.edu or email Kathryn Railsback at kathrynr@uidaho.edu.

Leadership Development Opportunities

We encourage students who are interested in leadership development opportunities to volunteer at the following events. Each will expand your professional skill set while providing a meaningful opportunity to help the next generation of students find success:

  • CASHE Conference—a student-led conference for high-school students of Latino descent. Learn more about CASHE Conference.
  • La Bienvenida— a Spanish-language orientation program for new WSU Pullman students and their parents. Learn more about La Bienvenida.
  • Conexion—a reception welcoming new multicultural students to the Cougar Family. It is held on the Sunday before school starts and features a variety of programs and student organizations.

Email undocumented@wsu.edu for more information on how to volunteer for these events.

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