The USC Undergraduate Student Government (USG) has called for a resource center dedicated to undocumented students and faculty.
The resolution was proposed by the outgoing USG Director of External Affairs, Mai Mizuno, who hopes to create a permanent “safe-space” for undocumented students and those protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, commonly known as DACA. The proposed resource center would also include legal counsel, mental health and career services.
Currently there are two pop-up resource centers dedicated to undocumented students in Kaprelian Hall and the Student Union, but Mizuno says the space, time and resources in those centers are extremely limited.
“Now is the time to really advocate for a full time permanent dream center on campus,” Mizuno said, “As we’ve seen over the past few years, the rhetoric on the national level and the policies coming from the federal administration have really threatened this particular group of marginalized students on this campus, and it’s the duty of the university to ensure that all students of all communities are well supported and have the resources that they need to thrive regardless of immigration status.”
The resolution is expected to go to a Senate vote this week in its final meeting of the academic year. If passed, the resolution will go to the desk of Provost Michael Quick, who is required to respond within two weeks. Mizuno is unclear as to what the next steps will be; it will depend on how Quick responds.
Reporting also by Victoria Berggren.