Dream Center

Services

The DREAM Center addresses the needs of undocumented students, members of mixed-status families, campus faculty and staff by providing the following services and resources:

  • Assistance with AB 540, DREAM Act, DACA & scholarships (walk-in or by appointment)
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Programs & Services for Undocumented Students
  • Legal Services Referrals
  • Referrals to Counseling Resources
  • Ally & Policy Literacy Trainings
  • Policy & Legislative Updates
  • Computer & Printer Access

Virtual Assistance Available Now

Email: dreamcenter@csun.edu
Phone: (818) 677-7069
Mondays – Thursdays
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The DREAM Center is available to support you, despite the COVID-19 campus closure. We have transitioned our services to take place virtually so we can continue helping you with finding resources (both legal and non-legal support), navigating financial aid and admissions, providing general support through community and more. Our staff and student assistants are available to assist you by appointment via Zoom. All you need to do is email us in advance or give us a call and we will set up an appointment. Learn more about our staff and the DREAM center as a whole.

Non-Legal Services

The DREAM Center offers our non-legal services free of charge to CSUN students, faculty, and staff. If you have any questions regarding services that aren’t listed on this page, our Virtual Assistance is available for general consultations during the specified hours Monday through Thursday.

Office Hours with Financial Aid Counselor

Fridays: 10 a.m. – Noon (Biweekly)

Financial Aid Counselors can assist students one-on-one with questions regarding their Financial Aid award status, the Dream loan, special circumstances, campus scholarships and emergency grants, and more to help you make ends meet. Please contact the DREAM Center to be connected to a Financial Aid Counselor.

Faculty Mentors

Faculty mentors can provide support with exploring graduate school, career development, research opportunities and finding academic mentors. Email professors directly to set up a meeting.

Dr. Tracy Lachica BuenavistaDr. Tracy Lachica Buenavista
She/her(s)/isúna
Asian American Studies
tracy.buenavista@csun.edu 

I consider myself a faculty ally/accomplice to the students and staff at the DREAM Center and have served as a mentor prior to the existence of institutionalized resources for undocumented students at CSUN.

Dr. Omar RuvalcabaDr. Omar Ruvalcaba
He/Him/His
Psychology
omar.ruvalcaba@csun.edu

I'm a faculty member here in the department of psychology. I grew up in Inglewood, California and my family is from Zacatecas, Mexico. I received my Ph.D. and Masters in Developmental Psychology from the UC Santa Cruz. In one thread of my research, I study culture, gender, and technology contexts (such as eSports and gaming). In the second, I focus on how first-generation immigrant students negotiate cultural practice and identity.

Dr. Daniel OlmosDr. Daniel Olmos
He/Him/His
Sociology
daniel.olmos@csun.edu

As a child of Latin American immigrants, I am dedicated to supporting students of all backgrounds, most especially those with precarious and vulnerable legal status. I truly believe that if our most vulnerable students are supported, then the entire CSUN community thrives.  

Let’s Talk by University Counseling Services

Let’s Talk is an outreach program that provides easy access to informal consultations with counselors from University Counseling Services. Counselors provide drop-in consultation hours at sites around campus throughout the week. There is no fee for this service and no appointment is needed. Students can meet for a consultation on a first-come, first-served basis. A Let’s Talk counselor is available to listen, offer support, and provide resources and problem-solving tools.

Talking can help.
Whether it is stress, sadness, difficulty adjusting to school, academic concerns, or relationship or family problems, sharing your concerns with another person can make a positive difference. Let’s Talk counselors can talk through your issue with you and help you determine the best way to get help.

Let’s Talk Thursdays — DREAM Center
11 a.m. – Noon
Facilitated by Elizabeth Poloskov

 


Legal Services

CARENCEN

Direct immigration legal services are available free of charge to CSU Northridge students, faculty, staff and immediate family. An immigration attorney is onsite on a weekly basis for general immigration related consultations. The legal services provided focus primarily on DACA renewals and general assistance in filling out immigration forms, such as family-based petitions.

Funding for the services is provided by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) in collaboration with the CSU Chancellor's Office. Legal services are provided by the Central American Resource Center of Los Angeles (CARECEN).

Founded in 1983, CARECEN, is the largest Central American immigrant rights organization in the country; it empowers Central Americans and all immigrants by defending human and civil rights, working for social and economic justice, and promoting cultural diversity.

Schedule a CARECEN Appointment
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CARECEN services at the DREAM Center are only available for current CSU-affiliated individuals (student, staff, faculty) and their immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children).

For information about community legal services for non-CSU affiliated individuals or extended relatives, visit the California Department of Social Services Immigration Services webpage.

Student Legal Support Clinic

The Student Legal Support Clinic is a unique collaboration between CSUN, Associated Students and Southwestern Law School’s Community Lawyering Clinic that offers a variety of immigration legal services for CSUN Students. The services available to you include consultations, information about legal rights, referrals to reputable pro-bono or low-cost legal services and legal empowerment workshops. For guidance and services related to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Adjustment of Status, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), Violence against Women Act (VAWA), U visa, Naturalization Services and more, you can make an appointment with the Student Legal Support Clinic.