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SMC Foundation Stands with Dreamers

Santa Monica College Foundation has established a scholarship fund to provide immediate assistance to SMC's students who are Dreamers and are faced with an unforeseen, advanced financial burden to re-apply for DACA by October 5. The application fee is $505 per student. With the Trump Administration’s announcement to end DACA, the reapplication process was fast-tracked, placing an unreasonable financial burden on our students.

SMC Foundation is committing a pledge of $15,000 and a call to action to the entire SMC community to match these funds. Please consider a gift to this timely and most important initiative. 100% of the proceeds will directly benefit SMC Dreamer Students who are legally in the United States under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The scholarship program will be administered in partnership with the Adelante Program.

Please donate now and help provide a match gift.

Donate and Support Dreamers Today 

Resources Available

Resources for AB 540, Deferred Action and CA Dream Act Students.

Upcoming Workshops and Events

Check out upcoming SMC and community events! 

The City of Santa Monica also has ongoing events and resources available in their Resolution Embracing Diversity and Clarifying the City’s Role in Enforcing Federal Immigration Law

Free DACA Assistance at SMC

Now through October 3 (extended)

DREAMERS - Renew your DACA before October 5. Santa Monica College will host a DACA renewal processing event for eligible SMC students and staff to renew their status. Renewal is available for beneficiaries whose benefits will expire between Sept. 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018.

Make an Appointment Today! 

Fill out our online appointment request form, or call (310) 434-8717. Walk-Ins also welcome.

What you need to bring:

  • Copy of Past DACA Applications
  • Most recent approval notice (Notice I-797)
  • Employment Authorization Card/Work Permit
  • California ID Card
  • Social Security Card
  • 2 Passport-style Photos
  • Criminal History (if Applicable, court disposition, etc.)
  • USCIS Filing Fee of $495 (check or money order)*

*The SMC Foundation will provide scholarships for the fee to those in need. Funding is limited and distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Location and funding assistance details available during appointment booking. Appointments will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Appointments and/or funding assistance are limited and cannot be guaranteed. Please direct all questions to thecenter@smc.edu.

Questions? Call Edna Chavarry at (310) 434-8719 or visit the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Free DACA Renewal Workshops in Downtown L.A.

Does your DACA work permit expire before March 5, 2018? If so, renew before October 5, 2017.

Now through Oct. 5  at Catholic Charities of Los Angeles (1530 James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90013)

For more information, seePDF fileDACA Renewal Assistance.

September 21, 23, 26, 28, and 30 and October 3 at Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights  (2533 W. 3rd St. #101, Los Angeles, CA 90057)

CHIRLA is offering #DACA renewals at NO COST ($495 filing fee covered) every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Must be in line before 8 a.m. to be serviced.

Bring your work permit, SSN, photo ID, approval letters, and copy of previous application. 

El reloj está corriendo si necesitas solicitar la renovación de #DACA! CHIRLA está ofreciendo renovaciones de #DACA sin costo alguno - aquí están las fechas disponibles y los documentos importantes que tendrás que traer para renovar.

For more information, visit Free DACA Renewal Clinic

September  7, 14, 21, and 28, 3 - 5 p.m. at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90005

  • $495 renewal filing fee covered.
  • Must bring documents: work permit, SSN card, photo ID, approval letters (if you have them), copy of last DACA application, advance parole travel documents (if applicable), and 2 passport-style pictures.

Register at (213) 385-2977, ext. 296 or email Anthony Perez. For more information, visit Free DACA Renewal Workshop.

September 22-24, 29-30 and October 1, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Public Counsel (610 S. Ardmore Ave., Los Angeles, CA 9005)

Free legal assistance with DACA renewals. They will create an appointment system this week.  For more information, visit Immigration Law Clinic.

September 30 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) and October 2 (3 - 8 p.m.) in Los Angeles Council District 9

The Office of Councilman Curren Price, in collaboration with immigrant rights groups CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights) and CARECEN (Central American Resource Center), will host two emergency DACA renewal workshops to assist DREAMers before a crucial Oct. 5 deadline.

Applicants who live in the Ninth District may receive full assistance to pay the $495 DACA renewal fee, subsidized by the Office of Councilman Price. DACA recipients with an expiration date on or before March 5, 2018 are urged to renew their permits before the looming Oct. 5, 2017 deadline.

The FREE workshops will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 at Green Meadows Recreation Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Monday, Oct. 2 at Councilman Curren Price’s District Office from 3-8 p.m. 

For more information, visit Final Chance to Renew DACA! Councilman Price Helps Subsidize Renewal Fees for CD 9 Residents or contact the District Office at (323) 846-2651.  

Free Immigration Screening Workshops in Downtown L.A.

Every Tuesday, 2 - 5 p.m. by appointment only at The Karsh Center (3750 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020 )

Advancing Justice-LA staff trained in DACA provide one-on-one assistance with each attendee in one of the following areas:

  • Initial DACA application
  • DACA Renewal application
  • Expanded DACA or DAPA eligibility screening

Attendees are taught to self-file their DACA applications. These workshops are by appointment only.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, email immrelief@advancingjustice-la.org or visit Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles.

Social Justice Lecture Series

Information on free events by guest lecturers can be found at Social Justice Lecture Series.

Memos, Letters, and Policies

General Resources

DACA Resources

Immigration Resources

Know Your Rights Handouts

Handouts from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network

More Helpful Handouts


Past Events

Free DACA Renewal Workshops in Downtown L.A.

September 23, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Southwestern Law School (3050 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010)

Free DACA Workshop in Santa Monica

September 18, 2017, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park, Terry Center (2200 Virginia Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404). Phone: (310) 458-8688

As part of our Immigration Series, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, (LAFLA) and Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles (CHIRLA), will share important information regarding the DACA.

Topics include: DACA rescission, DACA and travel, where DACA stands now, what people can do, important deadlines, and more.

Hear From Santa Monica Civic Leaders

  • Mayor Ted Winterer, City of Santa Monica
  • Chief Jaqueline Seabrooks and Interim Chief Ken Semko, Santa Monica Police Department
  • Vice-President of Student Affairs Michael Tuitasi Santa Monica College
  • Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Kelly, SMMUSD

Fraud Prevention Immigration Rights Workshop 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park

The City of Santa Monica, Legal Aid Foundation of LA, Familias Latinas Unidas and CARECEN are presenting a fraud prevention immigration rights workshop on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Virginia Avenue Park. 

Topics 

There will be a Q&A following the presentation This workshop will be presented in Spanish with English interpretation upon request.

Event Flyer for Fraud Prevention Workshop (PDF)

Assistance From the Mexican Consulate & The Immigration Institute of Mexico

Thursday, June 29, 2017, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Virginia Avenue Park Thelma Terry Center

The Mexican Consulate & The Immigration Institute of Mexico will provide valuable information about their services and programs, including a focus on:

  • Passport requirements
  • Travel
  • Dual Citizenship 
  • Somos Mexicanos Program
  • Programa Paisano

*Q&A to follow general information session

Ongoing One-on-One Consultations

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles is having office hours at VAP every Wednesday from 4 - 7 p.m. Each week different specialized lawyers will be available. For the next few weeks, the schedule is as follows:

  • June 21 – Housing/Benefits
  • June 28 – Immigration
  • July 5 – Minimum Wage and Labor
  • July 12 – Immigration/Family

*By appointment only, call (310) 458-8688

Town Hall Meeting: United We Stand - Black and Brown Unity Building

Tuesday, May 2, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. in HSS 165

Come join us for an engaging discussion about building unity Among students of color at SMC. All students welcome!

Brought to you by: "United We Stand" Adelante Club, Associated Students, Black Collegians Club, Black Collegians, Program/Umoja Community, History Department, Homeboys and Homegirls Club, IDEAS Club, Latino Center, Mathematics Department, Progressive Student Union, and Social Sciences Department.

PDFEvent Flyer for Town Hall Meeting

Know Your Rights Workshop (Nara Kim, Korean Resource Center)

Tue, May 9, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in HSS 103

Recent changes in immigration policy have resulted in Immigration and Customs Enforcement and police stopping people they “suspect” are undocumented. However, these changes have impacted not just undocumented immigrants. So whether you are undocumented, a recent immigrant, or a foreign student, learn how to protect yourself. Nara Kim from the Korean Resource Center will lead an interactive workshop about your constitutional rights, regardless of immigration status.

How to Assert Your Rights Workshop & Immigration Updates

Tuesday, March 14, 11:15 - 12:35 p.m. in Art 214

Immigration lawyer Jessica Hanson from the National Immigration Law Center will return to give a “Know Your Rights and Updates” workshop.

If you are concerned about recent immigration and deportation policies announced by the current administration, if you are an AB540, DACA or undocumented student or an ally please come and gather information that will inform and empower! Hosted by the Latino Center and Adelante Club.

PDF FileExecutive Orders, DACA, Raids and Your Rights (Jessica Hanson, National Immigration Law Center)

PDFBuilding Community and Coping from Post-Election Anxiety

Thursday, March 2, 2017, 6-8 p.m. at Virginia Park, Santa Monica

Town Hall: United We Stand!

Thursday, February 23, 11:15 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. at Main Stage

Santa Monica College is hosting an opportunity for the campus community to engage in respectful dialogue regarding current political issues that are affecting students. All members of our educational institution are invited to assemble to share, discuss, and educate one another about the impact of current politics on the lives of students and their families. Tentatively, there will be a Q & A with panelists speaking on Reproductive Rights, Environmental concerns, and issues faced by Undocumented, Muslim, and LGBTQ+ Students.

“Instead of dwelling in the shadows of fear and doubt, I wholeheartedly urge you to focus on higher ground, to set your aspirations above the confusion and the uncertainty because that is where you will see the solutions that are meaningful,” – Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, Superintendent/President from the November Assembly

Sponsored by Associated Students of SMC, Office of Community and Academic Relations, Latino Center, Adelante Club, African-American Collegiate Center/Black Collegians Program an Umoja Community, Black Collegians Club, Progressive Student Union, I.D.E.A.S. Club, Improving Dreams Equality Access and Success, Homeboys & Homegirls Club, Gender Sexuality Alliance, Immigrant Youth Coalition, Center for Environmental and Urban Studies, Equity Committee, Art Department, Muslim Student Association, Mathematics Department, Counseling Department, and History Department

PDF fileNeed to Renew Your DACA?: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 12-5 p.m. at East Los Angeles College

Let's Talk Town Hall Meeting: Monday, November 28, 6-8 p.m. at Cayton Center

A safe and supportive space for students and staff to share their fears, concerns, and questions.

Student Resource Workshop: Tuesday, November 29, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Library Promenade Event with resources available to students on immigration, LGBT, psychological services, the police department, etc.

Civic Action Event: Wednesday, November 30, 6-8 p.m. at Cayton Center
Community event with college, local, and state officials, as well as other relevant community leaders, to discuss with students how to safely and effectively take civic action going forward.

Unity Rally: Thursday December 1, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Library Promenade
A rally for students, staff, and others in the SMC community to come together in unity and in support of all students. Followed by a march to City Hall organized by the Homeboys & Homegirls Club.

“Knowing Your Rights for Dreamers & Their Allies”: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 , 11:15 to 12:15 at ART 214
Discussion Facilitated by Immigration Attorneys

SMC DACA Renewal: Tuesday, December 13, 2016, by appointment only at Main Campus
Make Your DACA Renewal Appointment Request to sign up for your appointment.

Know Your Rights Immigration Workshop: Thursday, December 1, 6-8 p.m. at Thelma Terry Building, Virginia Avenue Park (2200 Virginia Avenue, Santa Monica 90404)

In light of the recent presidential elections, there are many questions that people have relating to immigration legislation, specifically impacting students and families that are living in the US undocumented. The AHEAD group along with local immigration attorneys will be hosting a “Know Your Rights Immigration” workshop to answer general questions related to issues including DACA and the California Dream Act.