Undocumented immigrant students face myriad obstacles in their pursuit of a college degree—from financial burdens to fear of deportation to the emotional stress associated with the “undocumented” stigma. To help them surpass these obstacles, the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence (LCAE) has recently created the Monarch Student Program, a free student support program that strives to create access and increase retention for undocumented students.
Located on the fourth floor of the Student Services Building, the program offers a community space where students have access to textbooks, laptops, tutoring, academic counseling, peer support, mental wellness workshops and more. For the first time, UT Austin will have an official space for this growing group of students who are in need of a support network.
In addition to academic services, the program will connect students with jobs and internships of prospective employers and professional development workshops. The Monarch Program will also provide advocacy resources to faculty, staff and students.
Program coordinators are currently reaching out to students during Freshmen and Transfer Student Orientation sessions throughout the summer. The Monarch Student Program will officially launch this fall. For more information, visit this website.
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