Officially supporting the undocumented student experience since April 2018
We are Here for You!
The SUBIR Dreamer Resource Center at San Diego City College supports an inclusive campus culture in order to empower undocumented students to achieve their academic and personal pursuits and become active members of our communities. The SUBIR Dreamer Resource Center is a welcoming place for undocumented students at large (i.e. AB540, DACA, mixed-status families) and their allies.
Connect with us for updates and resources via instagram @dreamerresourcecenter
You can also visit Facebook.com/SUBIRinterculturalcenter and YouTube SUBIR Intercultural Centers to learn more about the other key student centers at San Diego City College.
For Fall 2021, the Dreamer Resource Center is planning on offering hybrid (in-person and virtual/online) components.
Click here to review key resources during social distancing
Even though the physical space in AH-200 is currently closed for any in-person activities, the SUBIR Dreamer Resource Center team is here to support you as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times. Please review the information below as we will continue to provide multiple virtual programs, services, and resources to engage with you and support you.
Meet The Team
Maya Ramirez (she/her/ella)
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio sun, Virgo moon, Leo rising
Maya is the Program Assistant at the Dreamer Resource Center. Her hobbies include painting, curating music playlists and tending to her plants. Maya's favorite music albums of all time are "Ctrl" by SZA, "Magdalene" by FKA Twigs, and "Rumors" by Fleetwood Mac. Her go to restaurant is J&T Thai Street Food! Their barbecue pork over rice is her weakness.
One of her main roles is scheduling appointments for DRC counselor, Noel Puga, so if you need to speak to him for anything feel free to contact her! She can also be of general help if you need any advice about anything, just ask her and she'll figure out how to help you.
Click here to e-mail Maya or call her at 619-732-6164.
Request One-on-One Appointment
Do you need a referral or need to meet with a counselor who understands the undocumented student experience at large?
Please contact the SUBIR Dreamer Resource Center team to schedule one-on-one appointments to help you and support you in any way we can with your journey at City College and/or refer you to key City College departments, local organizations, and/or free immigration consultations. Citas pueden ser en espanol.
Appointments can be scheduled Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you are not available during these times, please send email to SDCityDreamer@gmail.com to recommend a different option.
There are two types of appointment requests:
- Meet with DRC Program Assistant Maya Ramirez on general support and services as students and prospective students who identify as undocumented at large (i.e. AB540, DACA, mixed-status family member) as well as referral to key on-campus departments and local organizations.
- Please click here to submit your one-on-one appointment request via telephone or zoom (click here to learn about zoom).
- For Fall 2021, you may schedule in-person appointments on Mondays and Thursdays.
- Meet with DRC Counselor Noel Puga on academic, career, and personal counseling as well as refer to free legal consultations on immigration services for students and their family members
- Please click here to enter the DRC eSARS, which is an online appointment system that allows you to select an appointment option that works with your schedule. Simply enter your SDCCD identification number and feel free to click here to learn how to select your appointment with step-by-step directions.
- Counseling sessions with Counselor Noel Puga are only available on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. via zoom.
NOTE: Please be advised that appointments with Counselor Noel Puga are for undocumented students only. For an appointment with a general counselor, please refer to the Counseling and Personal Growth Department (http://sdcity.edu/students/counseling/).
If you have any questions, please call or text our temporary phone number (619) 800-4593, send an email to SDCityDreamer@gmail.com, or to Maya Ramirez, DRC Program Assistant, at email@example.com.
Please consider confidentiality statements below during your online counseling appointments:
I understand that California is a 'two-party consent' state. It is a crime in California to record a telephone call or videoconference, among other types of private conversations, without the express consent of all participants.
I understand that I may not record my scheduled online session with my counselor without their consent. I may not record the meeting or any portion of it unless I ask the counselor and they specifically give you permission.
Ask City: DRC Edition
Do you have a question and don't know where to start?
We have DRC Virtual Office Hours! Meet with Armando Marono Mercado, Peer Mentor, via zoom on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during the Fall 2019 semester. Please click here to access zoom information.
In addition, please click here to submit your question, concern, or recommendation on how to best support you. Please do not include questions with specific information to your own academic records; instead for that type of question, please click here to request a one-on-one appointment.
We will email you with an answer or post a video on the DRC Instagram page where the DRC team will do our best to address your questions, concerns, and recommendations.
For questions and technology support, please call our temporary phone number (619) 732-6164 or send an email to SDCityDreamer@gmail.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
Opportunities to Engage, Support, and Empower the Undocumented Communities
CLICKA Student Organization
"Community, Love, Intercultural Connections, Knowledge, and Allyship" (CLICKA) is a student organization at San Diego City College focuses "to build a community of undocumented and ally students to support each other in all aspects of their lives." Please send an email to SDCityDreamer@gmail.com or to Armando Marono Mercado at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved with CLICKA.
Join Counselor Noel Puga for a meaningful and engaging dialogue for San Diego City College students in a supportive virtual space to share your feelings and concerns. Together, we will validate each other and share about everyday issues that are impacting our communities.
This virtual space is open for San Diego City College students who may be AB540, DACAmented, Dreamers, Undocu-students, mixed-status, and allies.
We will get together via zoom (click here to learn about zoom) from 3:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. on the following Thursdays in Fall 2021 semester:
- New dates coming soon, please check back later.
Please click here to register for any or all of the upcoming Undocuhealing Circles this semester. You will receive a unique link to join via zoom either by calling in or video. Upon registration participants will receive an email with the Zoom meeting information accompanied by the meeting ID and password to access the Undocuhealing Circle gathering. Your privacy matters to us, that's why the information you provide will be confidential and only read by Counselor Noel Puga.For questions and technology support, please call our temporary phone number (619) 732-6164, send an email to SDCityDreamer@gmail.com, or to Counselor Noel Puga at email@example.com.
Everyone is welcomed! Workshop's content will be a combination of psychoeducation on different mental health topics along with coping skills development, mindfulness, and community building.
We will get together via zoom (click here to learn about zoom) from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the following Thursdays in Fall 2021 semester. Please join in zoom sessions (ID: 967-5134-9153; password: 392306) on the following dates:
- New dates coming soon, please check back later.
This is a collaboration between the Student Health Center and the SUBIR Dreamer Resource Center.
For any questions, please contact:
Mental Health Counseling at (619) 388-3055 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUBIR Dreamer Resource Center at our temporary phone number (619) 800-4593, send email to SDCityDreamer@gmail.com, or to Counselor Noel Puga at email@example.com.
Referrals to Immigration Consultations
FREE* immigration consultations with lawyers during Summer 2021:
Every Monday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. with lawyers from the Higher Education Legal Services via phone or virtually/online.
- Please click here to request an appointment online, call (858) 637-3345, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Follow on Instagram @hels_sd to stay connected and learn about key services, information, and upcoming free workshops
Every Friday between 1:00 p.m. and 4 p.m. with lawyers from Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP.
- To receive a referral to Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP from the SUBIR Dreamer Resource Center, you must first meet with DRC Counselor Noel Puga via zoom (click here to learn about zoom). Please visit the “Request One-on-One Appointment” section above to request an appointment.
- Please click here to review the type of immigration consultation you may receive from Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP.
- * U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fees are not included
If you have any questions, please call or text our temporary phone number (619) 800-4593
or send an email to SDCityDreamer@gmail.com, -or to Maya Ramirez, DRC Program Assistant at email@example.com.
Carlos Sanz Memorial Scholarship
Carlos Sanz was a first generation Mexican-American. With his work ethic and ingenuity, he became a successful businessman. He passed on his love of reading and education to his sons. His son Andre is a Counselor here at San Diego City College. This scholarship opportunity was established to pay forward Carlos' spirit of providing opportunity by supporting San Diego City College undocumented students.
SDCCD Dreamer Student Conference
SDCCD Dreamer Student Conference coming Spring 2022
|The San Diego Community College District is planning for hybrid (some in-person and some virtual/online) student conference in April 2022. San Diego City College will serve as the campus host.|
SDCCD Virtual Dreamer Conference: Connecting Through Hope and Empowerment
(April 23, 2021)
The SDCCD Dreamer Support Programs are delighted to invite you to the Spring 2021 SDCCD Virtual Dreamer Conference: Connecting Through Hope and Empowerment on Friday, April 23rd from 10am-1pm via zoom. Everyone is welcome!
Please register for the free conference by clicking here or clicking on the flyer to the left. By registering you will receive the conference program with Zoom link. Attendees are welcome to stop by any time during the conference.
Join us to learn about laws and policies impacting current and prospective students that identify as undocumented, AB540, Dreamer, DACA recipients and students from mixed status families. Attendees will also learn about key resources available at City, Mesa, Miramar, and Continuing Education Colleges and in our local communities.
Community Partners: Review their FREE Resources, Programs, and Services
As a key partner of the SUBIR Dreamer Resource Center, Immigrants Rising's mission
is to "empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through
personal, institutional and policy transformation."
We invite you to review the following resources and programs shared by Immigrants Rising:
Review the List of Tangible Support for Undocumented Communities during COVID-19
Participate in the Virtual Wellness Gatherings for Undocumented Young People to help you stay grounded and connected to one another.
Sundays & Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m.
Storytelling: Learn to reclaim and share personal stories. Click here to learn about this empowering experience.
Watch the ITIN 101: Everything You Want to Know about ITIN, But Don't Know What to Ask video
Please click here to watch the 'Who is Immigrants Rising?' video and here to learn about their additional resources, programs, and services.
For questions and technology support, please call our temporary phone number (619) 732-6164 or send an email to Dr. Adan Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewish Family Service
DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS (DACA)
As you may be aware, we are currently waiting for the Supreme Court of the United States to release its decision regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This decision will ultimately determine whether the DACA program will end or continue to provide thousands of young adults with protection from deportation and a work permit, renewable every two years. Although we cannot predict the exact date when the Supreme Court will release its decision, we know that it can be any day now.
Therefore, as we continue to wait for a decision, Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) wants you to know that we are here to support you and other DACA recipients, especially during this time. We understand that this time is full of uncertainty and fear as we do not know what the future of the DACA program will be. However, even though we do not know what the Supreme Court will ultimately decide, we encourage you to prepare for any outcome.
For this reason, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible if you need to renew your DACA application before the Supreme Court makes its final decision. Unfortunately, initial DACA applications are not being accepted at this time.
In the meantime, our team put together a list of DACA-related resources that can help you prepare. Please find this list below. We will periodically be updating this webpage so check back regularly.
Lastly, we want you to know the Immigration Services Department specifically, and JFS generally, continue to be available to assist and support you and our community. Please, feel free to contact our legal team with any concerns or questions. We have included our direct department contact information below, as well as the JFS Access line for non-immigration related resources.
Understanding the Supreme Court Decision On DACA:
What Happens Next?
Community Conversation - Understanding the Supreme Court Decision On DACA: What Happens Next? from Jewish Family Service-San Diego on Vimeo.
Contact Jewish Family Service-San Diego
Immigration Line: (858) 637-3365
Higher Education Legal Services Line: (858) 637-3345 (for those who are a Community College or California State University student or affiliate)
Access Line: (858) 637-3210
"Libros e Informacion en Bibliotecas con Recursos y Otros Servicios" (L.I.B.R.O.S.) is dedicated to the improvement of all library and information services to the growing number of Chicano/Latinos and Spanish-speaking people in San Diego County.
Click here to learn about the additional events, resources, and scholarships information sponsored by L.I.B.R.O.S.
Additional Resources and Forms
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office - Resources for Undocumented Students
College Board's National Repository of Resources for Undocumented Students
East County Behavioral Health Clinic
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Relief Funds for Undocumented workers in CA
San Diego Access & Crisis Line
San Diego Youth Services
South Bay Community Services
TAY (Transition Age Youth) (Golden Hills Youth Center)
Call 2-1-1 for 24/7 Access Support
As a local non-profit operating 24 hours a day, 365 days each year, 211 San Diego
is the region’s trusted source for access to community, health, social and disaster
services. By simply dialing 211 the call is free, confidential and available in more
than 200 languages. 211 provides access to 6,000 services, resources and
programs through our online database.
- Crisis Text Line: Text “COURAGE” to 741741 (24 hours a day/ 7 days a week)
- San Diego Access & Crisis Line: (888) 724-7240 (24 hours a day/ 7 days a week)
- Youth Talkline: (877) 450-LINE/(877) 450-5463
- Family Supportline: (877) 470-LINE/(877) 470-5463
- NAMI San Diego Helpline: (619) 543-1434; http://www.namisandiego.org/
- Domestic Violence Hotline & Resources: (888) DV-LINKS/ (888) 385-4657
- San Diego Sexual Assault & Rape Hotline:1-888-724-7240
- San Diego County Mental Health: http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/hhsa/programs/bhs/
Find Legal Help in CA
Local Community Personal Counseling Resource
YMCA Low-Cost Individual Counseling
619-239-0355 x 252
1012 C Street, SD CA, 92101
Individual, couples and family counseling. Sliding fee scale based on income reported (starts at 20$). Free group therapy for DV victims. Call for appointment, may have waitlist.
349 Cedar St., SD, CA 92101
Psychological counseling (l-t), food bank, social services. Bi-lingual services available. Sliding fee scale based on income reported (starts at 15$). Eligibility restrictions (no court ordered or ongoing DV). Usually 2 week waitlist.
3636 Camino Del Rio North, Ste 230 SD, CA 92108
General individual and family counseling. Group counseling for domestic violence (including Levels I and II), anger management/violent offender treatment, parenting/child abuse. All groups are offered at the location above. Sessions cost between 45-60 per session.
Jewish Family Services
8804 Balboa Ave., SD, CA 92123
Individual, couples, and family counseling (s-t/l-t). Group counseling. Psychological testing. Support groups throughout SD County: Separation and divorce, stress reduction, survivors of family violence. Most insurance accepted. Sliding fee scale (starting at $35) if not insured.
SDSU Center for Community Counseling
4283 El Cajon Blvd #215, SD, CA 92115
Individual, couples, and family counseling by SDSU graduate students. Sliding fee scale income-based starting at $10/session.
The LGBT Center
619- 692-2077 x208
3930 Centre St . SD, CA 92103
Free individual, couple, family and group counseling, the Relationship Violence Treatment and Intervention Program, and information, referral and crisis counseling. For LGBT community members.
2743 Highland Ave, SD, CA 91950
Individual Counseling and Low-Cost Medical Clinic with Primary Care Provider (can prescribe medication for depression and anxiety in certain cases) and OBGYN ($45 intake, $35/session).
2333 1st Avenue, Ste 204, SD CA, 92101
Individual, couple and family counseling. Sliding fee scale based on income reported. Anger Management and Domestic Violence groups for both men and women. Groups are $10 to enroll and $25 each session.
Logan Heights Counseling Center
2204 National Avenue, San Diego CA 92113
Individual, Couples & Group Counseling, Adult and Child Psychiatry.
$50 intake + $40/session. Medi-Cal and Medicare.
La Maestra Counseling Center
4060 Fairmount Avenue, San Diego CA 92105
Individual therapy for children & adults. Only for those with Medi-Cal or LIP. $90 intake + $60 per session.
Alpha Behavioral Referral Service
referrals to low-cost MHS
Formerly Alpha Behavioral Health Services. No longer provides therapy/counseling – just referrals and education
My Undocumented Life Org.
Spring Valley & East Communities Campus
619-258-6877(No answer will call back ASAP)
Student Learning Outcomes
The SUBIR Dreamer Resource Center is part of the SUBIR Intercultural Centers, which also include the Pride Hub, Womxn's Hub, S-401 Hub, and the M-206 Hub.
By engaging with the SUBIR Intercultural Centers, students will:
- Identify key programs, services, and resources available to support their academic and person pursuits.
- Recognize how their multiple identities and roles intersect and influence their college experience and daily lives.
The SUBIR Dreamer Resource Center is part of SUBIR Intercultural Centers.
View calendar of events below. To reserve any of the Centers' space, fill out this request form.