Underrepresented Student Initiatives was established fall 2016 in the area of Retention, Outreach & Inclusive Student Services. Housed within the Multicultural Dream Center at CSU Channel Islands, Underrepresented Student Initiatives supports the retention and persistence of marginalized populations including, but not limited to, those who identify as Latino, African American/Black, Asian American & Pacific Islanders, LGBTQ+, Assembly Bill (AB) 540, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), or undocumented. Our services seek to provide resources and foster a student-centered campus community dedicated to the holistic success of our students.

Key Events & Services


  • MAR Orientation
  • Workshops on scholarships, graduate school, know your rights and more
  • Undocumented Student Stoling Ceremony


  • Mariposa’s Achieving and Resisting (MAR)
  • Help with the submission of the AB540 affidavit
  • Help with the submission of the California DREAM Act Application
  • Academic assistance
  • Career exploration
  • Coaching and student leadership development
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Mentoring

Eligibility & Requirements for MAR


MAR is a program for undocumented students at CI, to ensure your academic success. The program is focused on meeting with you individually to support your academic, personal, and post-graduation goals. To participate in this program, contact the mdc@csuci.edu to get involved and get connected with our staff.


Students are asked to meet with Hiram Ramirez twice a semester to check-in about academics, personal challenges, and overall experience while at CI. These meetings will be an opportunity for students to learn about various resources and opportunities on campus to support their academic pursuits.

Free Immigration Legal Services for Students and Employees

Direct immigration legal services are available free of charge to CSU students and employees. Attorneys and paralegals are available to assist students with general consultations, DACA renewals and general assistance in filling out forms such as family-based petitions. This project aims to serve undocumented students, students with immigration questions, staff and faculty.  You are able to schedule a meeting with the immigration lawyer using this link.

For help with scheduling an appointment please contact Natalie Johnson at natalie.johnson@csuci.edu.

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