Resources

Occidental College is committed to the safety and well-being of every member of the Oxy community. 

As an expression of that commitment, we have compiled a directory of resources, both on- and off-campus, for students and other community members who need access to support or resources relating to immigration status or other important issues. 

On Campus Resources
Sex and Gender Discrimination & Transgender Rights
Other Forms of Discrimination (Students)
Other Forms of Discrimination (Employees)
Chief Diversity Officer
Office for Religious & Spiritual Life
Emmons Wellness Center

Legal & Support Resources
Immigration
Immigration Attorneys
Women
LGBTQIA+
Islamophobia
General Civil Liberties
Civil Disobedience
Tips on Safely Protesting

On Campus Resources

Sex and Gender Discrimination & Transgender Rights

Transgender students can find campus resources on the College’s Sexual Respect & Title IX website.

To file a report regarding incidents on campus, contact Title IX Coordinator Jennifer Broomfield: jbroomfield@oxy.edu, (323) 259-1338

All Title IX policies and procedures can be found on the Sexual Respect & Title IX website.

Other Forms ​of Discrimination (Students)

To file a report regarding incidents on campus, contact Ella Turenne, associate dean of students: turenne@oxy.edu, (323) 341-4683

Chief Diversity Officer Rhonda Brown is always ready to meet with students in her office in the Intercultural Community Center: rbrown3@oxy.edu, (323) 259-2594

Other Forms of Discrimination (Employees)

To file a report, contact Danita Maxwell, director of human resources: maxwelld@oxy.edu, (323) 259-2613

Grievance procedures are laid out in the Employee Handbook.

Chief Diversity Officer

Chief Diversity Officer Rhonda Brown is always ready to meet with students in her office in the Intercultural Community Center: rbrown3@oxy.edu, (323) 259-2594

Office for Religious & Spiritual Life

ORSL has compiled a guide to reporting religiously based bias and hate incidents, both on and off campus:

Emmons Wellness Center

Walk-in crisis counseling is available throughout finals. Emmons can provide a referral to counselors in your hometown over winter break. The confidential counseling hotline (323-341-4141) is available to Oxy students 24/7, 365 days a year. 

Legal & Support Resources

Immigration

ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project

Easy-to-use guides on what to do if you’re stopped by the police or immigration agents; the legal rights of protesters; and what to do if you’re questioned about your immigration status.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA

Since 1991, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) has fought to create a seat at the table for Asian Americans in the national conversations that determine the policies that shape their lives. 

Asociacion de Salvdoreños de Los Angeles (ASOSAL)

ASOSAL was created in April 1991 as a nonprofit organization by a group of 14 Salvadorans to defend the rights of immigrants. ASOSAL seeks to improve the quality of life of Salvadorans, Central Americans and Latino communities in Los Angeles by assisting immigrants to obtain permanent resident status. 

Legal Department: asosal.org/Legal.php

Catholic Legal Immigration Network

Established in 1988 by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs.

Central American Resource Center: CARECEN

A nonprofit organization that offers low-cost immigration legal services, community education programs, and advocacy and organizing to achieve fair and more inclusive immigration, education, and labor laws and policies. 

Legal services: carecen-la.org/legal_services

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of LA: CHIRLA

Headed by Executive Director Angelica Salas ’93, CHIRLA is recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to provide immigration legal services at low-cost to its members. The Legal Services Department has helped thousands of individuals to become citizens, reunite with their families and apply to become a DACA beneficiary. For legal immigration services consultation, visit CHIRLA Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday at 9 a.m. The consultation is $40 per person needing services.

Educators for Fair Consideration

Headed by Katharine Gin, who serves on University of California President Janet Napolitano's Advisory Group on Undocumented Students, San Francisco-based Educators for Fair Consideration seeks to empower undocumented young people by providing financial support, information and resources, among other initiatives. 

Have a question about your immigration status? Visit E4FC’s DREAMer Intake Service to get a free, individual summary of your potential immigration remedies or contact E4FC's Legal Services at legalservices@e4fc.org.

Hermandad Mexicana Nacional

Founded in 1973, Hermandad Mexicana Nacional is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services and protecting the needs and rights of Spanish-speaking immigrants. With more than 18 offices located in Los Angeles County, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino and San Diego, Hermandad has become a prominent provider of  citizenship and immigration services.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Founded in 1979, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is a national nonprofit resource center that provides immigration legal training, technical assistance, educational materials, and engages in advocacy and immigrant civic engagement to advance immigrant rights. (The ILRC does not provide direct legal services or individual legal consultations.)

Download the Post-Election Talking Points PDF

DACA Talking Points: ilrc.org/daca-talking-points

KIWA: Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance

KIWA organizes low-wage immigrant workers, tenants, and their families to promote workplace justice, housing rights, immigrants’ rights, democratic and sustainable community development, civic participation, gender justice, and cultural resistance.

Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund: MALDEF

Headquartered in Los Angeles, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community," MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.

Download the Immigrants rights FAQ PDF

My Undocumented Life

A blog launched in 2011 by Harvard doctoral student Carolina Valdivia to provide up-to-date information and resources to undocumented immigrants, including scholarship opportunities, strategies for navigating the educational system, how to apply for DACA/Advanced Parole, news on DAPA, and more.

National Council of La Raza

A private nonprofit organization founded in 1968 and based in Washington, D.C., NCLR is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the country. You can find information here on DACA and DAPA, how to avoid being ripped off by unscrupulous notarios, and how to apply for U.S. citizenship.

National Immigration Law Center

Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

NILC DACA After Trump Q&A 

United We Dream

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, with a network of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.

University of California Undocumented Student Legal Services Center

While the Center serves UC students only, this interview with Executive Director Maria Blanco offers a useful overview of the current state of the law and resources available to students generally.

Immigration Attorneys

Immigration Advocates’ National Immigration Legal Services Directory

The directory allows you to search for immigration legal services providers by state, county, or detention facility. Only nonprofit organizations that provide free or low-cost immigration legal services are included.

American Immigration Lawyers Association Lawyer Search

AILA is the only legal association in the United States for immigration attorneys. More than 14,000 immigration lawyers are members of AILA.

Women

The California Women’s Law Center

The California Women’s Law Center breaks down barriers and advances the potential of women and girls through transformative litigation, policy advocacy and education.

LGBTQIA+

Los Angeles LGBT Center

The Los Angeles LGBT Center provides services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and advocacy that span four broad categories: health, social services and housing, culture and education, and leadership and advocacy. Legal services include consultation and referral, hate crime assistance, intimate partner/domestic violence, asylum assistance, transgender services, and legal assistance.

Islamophobia

Council on American-Islamic Relations

Established in 1994 to challenge stereotypes of Islam and Muslims, Washington, D.C.-based CAIR quickly established its reputation as the "go-to" organization when bias is directed against Muslim individuals or institutions. 

Report an Incident

Los Angeles chapter

The Muslim Public Affairs Council

Since its inception in 1988, MPAC has worked diligently to foster a vibrant Muslim American identity and to represent the interests of Muslim Americans to decision makers in government agencies, media outlets, interfaith circles and Hollywood studios.

Network Against Islamophobia

Organized by Jewish Voice for Peace, the Network Against Islamophobia (NAI) strives to be visible, take strong action against Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism. and to stand together with Muslim communities and all those targeted.

General Civil Liberties

American Civil Liberties Union 

ACLU Southern California Chapter

Civil Disobedience

National Lawyers Guild Los Angeles

The NLG-LA Weinglass Political Defense Committee may assist in coordinating the criminal defense of those arrested during political protests or actions. If you would like the assistance of the Weinglass Political Defense Committee, email arrests@nlg-la.org. (specific contact is Ameena Mirza Qazi, ameena@nlg-la.org) NLG-LA has devised a new intake system for those arrested during political actions or protests to provide information on attorney representation, charges, and potential legal outcomes.

NLG-LA Resources for Aresstees During Political Protests

Organizing Resource Directory

Tips on Safely Protesting

Occupy Peace -  Arrested at a Protest: How to Plan for It

Know Your Rights: What To Do If Your Rights Are Violated At A Demonstration Or Protest 

Center for Constitutional Rights: Legal Briefing for People Considering Non-Violent Civil Disobedience  

Right to Protest