MiraCosta College works to make sure all students feel welcomed and have the tools
they need to succeed, regardless of immigration status. UPRISE strives to make sure
undocumented, DACAmented, and mix-status students at MiraCosta College feel safe and
supported by providing access to immigration legal services, offering academic and
mental health counseling, and connecting students to financial and academic resources.
MiraCosta College will not release any personally identifiable student information, including any data related to immigration status, without a judicial warrant, subpoena or court order, unless authorized by the student or required by law.
Undocumented People Rise in Solidarity and Empowerment (UPRISE) is a program at MiraCosta College to bolster academic success, enhance professional opportunities, improve personal wellness, strengthen institutional support, and increase allies for undocumented students and their families. UPRISE offers free services to students and loved ones.
Services We Offer
Our partnership with Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) offers free immigration legal consultations for students, staff, and faculty. Services include:
- Immigration eligibility consultations
- DACA renewals and advance parole
- Family-based immigration
- Other legal immigration services
Schedule an appointment with Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS). Currently, legal consultations are being offered via Zoom or in-person.
If you are the loved one of a student or a community member, we recommend you use this list to find legal immigration aid providers.
Academic and Career Counseling
You can meet with our counselor to go over education plans, AB540 process, California
Dream Act Application questions, scholarship opportunities, on and off campus resources,
career and internship options and more.
To schedule an appointment with our UPRISE counselor please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student organization that meets bi-weekly to build community, events, and more. Fill out this form for more information on the club.
UPRISE Textbook loan program
We will try our best to meet every student’s textbook needs but there is no guarantee the specific textbook in need is available. Please complete a Textbook Loan Program request here.
Emergency Safety Planning for Immigrants
Trained professionals will assess your needs and assist you in creating a plan of what can be done in in the event that you or a family member is detained or deported. These plans are individually designed to protect an individual, a family, and their assets.
Community Building Events
At these events, students and their loved ones will learn more about UPRISE services, career options, along with resources in the community and testimonials by students about their educational journeys. Free food will be included.
Mental Health Counseling
Offered in Spanish and English, by a licensed mental health professional with a specialization in working with individuals and families impacted by immigration challenges. Please note that individual counseling is offered to students of MiraCosta College, while family counseling can be offered to the student and their family.
This support group is to share stories, build coping skills, and connect through the use of art materials to process emotions, build support, and create safe spaces. Adults only. For more information, email Noel Puga.
Entrepreneurship (the act of starting your business), is an option for anyone regardless of immigration status. Learn how your interests, skills, and talents can be used to start your own business regardless of immigration status.
UPRISE is one of the Academic Success & Equity (ASE) programs. ASE programs offer professional development workshops and promote a career and life planning course open to all ASE students. These curricular and co-curricular offerings promote and help students make effective decisions regarding their career and life choices, increasing their employability.
For more information on UPRISE services and program, call (760) 757-2121 ext. 6203 or contact:
UPRISE Student Services Specialist
Undocumented People Rise in Solidarity and Empowerment (UPRISE) is a service of the Department of Student Equity. For general inquiries about all Student Equity programs and services, please contact us at email@example.com or call our main office at 760.757.2121 x6900.