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 undocumented scholars and other marginalized students in their pursuit of higher education. These services seek to provide caring, personalized resources and foster a supportive campus community dedicated to educational and personal success.

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.

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