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Mission Asset Fund to help with DACA Renewal 

Mission Asset Fund (MAF), is offering free DACA renewal scholarships for all throughout the U.S. as to ensure that no one eligible to renew misses the renewal deadline over financial concerns.

What people need to do:

 “Simply apply at LC4DACA.org and MAF will send a check already written out to USCIS for payment of DACA renewal. This is not a loan and no one will be asked to pay the money back. The deadline to renew DACA is October 5 for eligible participants, so apply for this scholarship as soon as possible.

 Due to the urgent DACA deadline, Mission Asset Funds has received enough funding to cover every DACA renewal in the United States for free.

 Mission Asset Funds is committing to sending the scholarship through priority mail within 48 hours of receiving your DACA renewal scholarship application, if eligible.

 APPLY FOR DACA RENEWAL SCHOLARSHIP

 If you have any concerns about your DACA renewal, legal clinics are available to help you with your application. You can find a list for Washington state here: https://www.nwirp.org/options-after-daca-community-forums/

Step 1: Complete your DACA renewal application (get help at a legal clinic) if your DACA expires on or before March 5 to be eligible for a renewal.

Step 2: Apply for a free DACA renewal scholarship at LC4DACA.ORG <http://LC4DACA.ORG>.

Step 3: Send your application to USCIS before October 5 according to your state here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-821d-addresses

IMPORTANT: Scholarship applications must be fully completed. Please answer every question”.

People with questions about this process or problems while completing the application are encourage to contact MAF directly: (888) 274-4808

 

Our Mission

The Intercultural Center strives to create a safe and supportive learning environment that values diversity and builds inclusive community. Through its co-curricular programs and services, the IC educates the campus for cultural competence and social justice.

Our Goals

  1.  Develop and implement co-curricular programs and services that foster cultural competency.
  2. Provide a safe space for all students to engage their multiple, intersecting, and evolving identities.
  3. Advocate for and empower historically underrepresented and traditionally marginalized groups.
  4. Support student leaders to be change agents for social justice.
  5. Build connections to help create a community that values diversity in all of its forms.

Student Learning Outcomes

As a result of engaging in IC programs and services, students will:

  1. Explore the multiple, intersecting, and evolving dimensions of their identity.
  2. Engage with cultures different from their own.
  3. Practice civil and respectful ways of interacting with people who are different from them.
  4. Increase their sense of belonging within the Saint Mary’s community.
  5. Examine and deconstruct power, privilege, and systematic oppression.
  6. Advocate for historically underrepresented and traditionally marginalized groups.
  7. Demonstrate leadership to work for social justice.

 

"Our ongoing examination of who we are in our full humanity, embracing all our identities, creates the possibility of building alliances that may ultimately free us all." - Beverly Tatum

 

 

With the policy changes that have been promised, enacted, and still to come we, in the Intercultural Center, want to reaffirm our values and mission. We recognize that the role of government is complex and requires changes to meet the needs of the diverse community that exists in the United States of America.  We imagine that the changes and that have been issued have created a wide range of emotions for those in our SMC community. Some are elated and believe this is the best direction for this country, some are worried about how these changes will impact their lives going forward, and others are terrified that their civil liberties will be stripped away.

The best response in uncertain times is to remain true to our values. We share the statement made by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, which stated, “We are disappointed by the recent decision made by the Trump Administration to end the DACA program. AAC&U will continue to work with our member institutions to advocate for immigration policies and programs that ensure protections for the approximately 800,000 individuals who contribute greatly to the schools in which they are enrolled, the communities in which they live, and the democracy they serve.” It is vital that we understand and respect the members of our broadly diverse campus in terms of social identities, ideology, and political views. However, it is also important that the expressions of our views are done with the same consideration and respect that we strive for in our core values as an institution of higher education.

We do not know yet how everything will unfold but what we do know is that the Intercultural Center will always be available as a place that both affirms who we are in all of our identities and beliefs and that serves as a site of comfort and education. We recognize the absolute necessity of a diverse and inclusive community to ensure an excellent education. Each of you, regardless of your background is welcome in the Intercultural Center.

As educators we have a responsibility to create safe learning environments where every student can learn and become empowered workers and informed citizens. This imperative seems even more important today. The Intercultural Center’s values of equity and inclusion have not changed and will not change and it is up to each of us to assure that we live out our values in every classroom, every program, and in each individual interaction.