About Us




In alignment with the UO mission statement and values[1], our mission is to foster the unique gifts and talents of Dreamer students and promote their sense of belonging and safety, as they pursue their higher education goals. We use the term “Dreamers” to refer to  Undocumented, DACA-mented, Tuition Equity, and  students of mixed status families.

The goals of our working group include:

  • Raising faculty, staff, and student awareness of the experiences, challenges and assets of undocumented students across all units of campus that might be involved directly or indirectly with Dreamers;
  • Promoting the safety, well-being and success of Dreamers;
  • Maintaining the integrity needs for the confidentiality and identity of Dreamers.

There are approximately 11 million undocumented residents in the United States. Among them are students in our colleges and universities. Our commitment at the UO is to support those among us who desire an education to better their lives, that of their families and communities.

[1]We value the passions, aspirations, individuality, and success of the students, faculty, and staff who work and learn here. We value academic freedom, creative expression, and intellectual discourse. We value our diversity and seek to foster equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful community. We value the unique geography, history and culture of Oregon that shapes our identity and spirit. We value our shared charge to steward resources sustainably and responsibly   Source:  https://uoregon.edu/our-mission

We are often asked, “how many DACA or Dreamer students are at the University of Oregon?”

We do not focus on the exact number of Dreamer students on our campus. We believe all our students should expect access to resources and support on campus, regardless of national origin or citizenship status.

DACA – (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) The State of Oregon has thousands of young people with DACA status. Our DACA students are both in-state and out-of-state and we expect our DACA numbers to grow as students graduate from high school or transfer into UO.

Tuition Equity – House Bill 2787 is an Oregon State law that allows students, who meet certain criteria, to pay in-state tuition and fees. Many Dreamers have to stop-out to save money to pay tuition. Like DACA students, we expect our Tuition Equity numbers to rise.

Undocumented students – Many of our students neither have DACA or Tuition Equity. They are paying out of pocket and are not applying for tuition equity or DACA, either because they do not qualify or because they are afraid for themselves or their family.

MixedStatus students –  Mixed-status students number in the thousands. These UO students are typically citizens or Legal Permanent Residents. They have challenges that are similar to other Dreamer students, for example their parents may not be able to apply for parent loans through FAFSA.  7% of Oregon K-12 students belong to mixed-status families where at least one family member (parent or sibling) is undocumented.

Dreamers are a racially diverse group of students and their numbers will continue to grow as they enroll in college and pursue an education to better their lives and that of their families.

What does the term “DREAMers” mean? Who is a “DREAMer”?

 DREAM Act: Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act

We use the term “Dreamers” to refer to Undocumented, DACA-mented, Tuition Equity, and students of mixed status families.

See definitions and terms regarding DACA and DREAMers on our EDUCATION PAGE 

DACA and DREAMer Point of Contact

Justine Carpenter who is the Director of Multicultural and Identity-Based Support Services, is the University of Oregon’s point of contact for DACA, undocumented and students of mixed-status families seeking resources for a quality experience at the University of Oregon.

Contact Information

Justine Carpenter, Director of Multicultural and Identity-Based Support Services
justcarp@uoregon.edu | 541-346-1123
Office of the Dean of Students, 1715 Franklin Blvd.

For general inquiries, please email the UO Dreamers Workgroup at:

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee works collaboratively with  the UO community and Dreamer Allies  to ensure that our campus is: inclusive, friendly and supportive to students, faculty, and staff irrespective of their immigration status, country of origin or ethnicity.

Steering Committee Members



There are three sub-committees committed to supporting UO DREAMers and their families.

  • Legislative Committee
  • Students Resources and Support Committee
  • Education, Training, and Outreach Committee
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