The Immigrant Services Program at the Metropolitan State University of Denver is an academic and social support program that aims to increase enrollment, retention, and graduation of undocumented, DACA, immigrant, and refugee students. Through academic counseling, ESL support, scholarship application assistance, and access to campus and community resources, the program’s mission is to address the most common challenges and barriers to education that this underserved, underrepresented student population faces.
Simultaneously, the program aims to serve as a representative for undocumented, DACA, refugee, immigrant, and ESL students on campus, helping staff and faculty alike to support, empathize with, and effectively serve these student populations.
Some of the services we offer include:
- Academic support & advocacy
- Degree and career planning
- Financial aid forms
- Institutional and private scholarships
- ASSET and COF
- Peer mentoring
- Personalized tutoring for non-native English speakers
- Referrals to resources on campus
- Consultations with MSU Denver faculty and staff
For an appointment with one of our advisors, please contact the Coordinator of the Immigrant Services Program, Gregor Mieder, at 303-605-5390, or the Immigrant Services Program Specialist, Ariadna Ochoa, at 303-605-5380. You can also make an appoint online through this link: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/ImmigrantServicesProgramAriadna@msudenver.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/
We are located on the 2nd floor of the Student Academic Success Building. (SSB237) See Auraria Campus Map: https://msudenver.edu/maps/
To view upcoming Immigrant Services Program events click through the slideshow below!
How to meet with ISP staff (updated August, 2020)
DURING THE FALL '20 SEMESTER, IMMIGRANT SERVICES WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE BY PHONE, EMAIL, ZOOM, MS TEAMS, OR SKYPE.
1. Phone: Gregor (303-605-5390), Estefani (303-605-7385)
2. Email: Gregor (firstname.lastname@example.org), Estefani (email@example.com)
3. Video meetings: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/ImmigrantServicesProgramAriadna@msudenver.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/s/3pgvcegfBkySXzieUXjJwQ2
For other ways to speak with Immigrant Services staff, please contact the staff directly via email. We are sorry for the inconvenience and will re-open for in-person meetings as soon as we can.
Please refer to this guide for local Covid-19 resources for Denver and Colorado's undocumented & immigrant community.
Also, the Americal Civil Liberties Union has put together an extensive list of national and state resources for the undocumented and immigrant community, which you can access here.
To provide food access for students, staff, and faculty at MSU Denver, the Roadrunner Food Pantry has partnered with the Denver Metro Emergency Food Network to deliver free, prepared meals to homebound families and elderly individuals in need during the COVID-19 crisis. To sign up or get more information, please click here.
The Immigrant Services Program provides each student with a knowledgeable peer that is able to support the student with important study skills, tutoring in writing, reading, and presenting, note taking, applying for scholarships, and advice on how to be a successful college student.
Tutoring and mentoring appointments are personalized to the student's individual needs.
For on- and off-campus resources specifically for DACA and undocumented students, please go to our "DREAMer Zone" page.
Recording of August 25, 2020 "Updates to DACA" Town Hall
Hear from Immigration attorneys and MSU Denver's Board of Trustee member Marissa Molina about the July 2020 memo from Dept. of Homeland Security on changes to the DACA program.
You can also access the Aug. 25 2020 recording on youtube: https://youtu.be/2f0w5Vl9tr4