On September 5, 2017 it was announced that the federal government plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which has caused concern for many across the country. This decision will have serious implications for many individuals, including our University of Michigan students, who are either directly or indirectly impacted by this policy. We in CAPS want to clearly say that DACA students are welcomed and valued members of our campus community, and we support them and their presence on this campus.
We recognize the strength and resiliency of our students, and want to remind you that CAPS is here for you. We are a multicultural, multi-theoretical, and multidisciplinary staff that is committed to being accessible to all students, which is the core of the CAPS mission. CAPS is a confidential resource for mental health support. Please be aware that CAPS adheres to confidentiality statutes established by the State of Michigan (state law), as well as our various ethical codes of conduct from the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Social Workers, and the American Psychiatric Association. Without the student's written permission, confirmation of appointments and the release of the content of discussions with counselors--including immigration, visa, and resident status--cannot legally be disclosed to anyone outside of the CAPS staff.
CAPS is fortunate to have three permanent staff members that identify as Latina/o/LatinX: Elizabeth González, LMSW, Alejandro Rojas, LLMSW, and Nadia Aggour, LLMSW. We also have staff members that are able to provide therapy in various languages, if desired.
We are aware that some students may not have connections here at the University of Michigan, are afraid, and/or are silent. Know that you matter, and CAPS is here and ready to help you. Please contact Elizabeth González, LMSW at firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected.
- UM Student Legal Services
- UM Office of Financial Aid (includes a section on specific DACA resources)
- "Undocumented and DACAmented Students" (article from UM Rackham Graduate School)