“As a university located in our nation's capital and animated by our Catholic and Jesuit identity, we are called to support all of our students, including our undocumented students. These young women and men demonstrate an extraordinary passion to make America, and our increasingly interconnected world, a better place. Here at Georgetown, we are dedicated to creating a context where they can succeed, free from constraint or limitation.”

-John J. DeGioia, Georgetown University President

As a Catholic and Jesuit institution, Georgetown University values the dignity of all members of the university community, regardless of immigration status. We are a university in the heart of the nation's capital and believe in educating the whole person through exposure to different faiths, cultures and beliefs. An estimated 65,000 children born abroad who are not U.S. citizens or legal residents graduate from U.S. high schools each year. As we engage with the impacts of globalization and the responsibilities we have in a new global context, we must, as educators, support all of our students, including those who were born abroad.

The university is committed to supporting undocumented students and the unique  challenges they may face, and has convened a working group of representatives from a  variety of offices across campus:

  •  Office of Undergraduate Admissions: Jaime Briseno
  • Office of Student Financial Services: Kevin Mahaney, Co-Chair
  • Georgetown College: Dr. Stefan Zimmers
  • School of Foreign Service: Mini Murphy
  • Office of Global Education: Arelis Palacios, Co-Chair
  • Center for Social Justice: Jessica Lee
  • Center for Multicultural Equity & Access: Devita Bishundat
  • Georgetown Scholarship Program: Corey Stewart & Paula Kim
  • Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor: Jessica Chillin
  • Cawley Career Education Center: Kendra Northington
  • Campus Ministry: Rabbi Rachel Gartner
  • LGBTQ Resource Center: Shiva Subbaraman
  • Counseling and Psychiatric Services: Dr. Michael Tartaglia, Co-Chair
  • Office of Residential Education: Angel Garcia

To learn more about support for undocumented students, or if you know of students needing support, please contact Arelis Palacios, advisor to undocumented students, at ap1431@georgetown.edu.

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