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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Saint Xavier University has been richly blessed with our founding order, the Sisters of Mercy.

One way in which we are reminded of their generosity is through the establishment of the Sisters of Mercy Scholarship, which is awarded to selected students who have exemplified the Sisters' critical concerns.

Five students have been awarded this scholarship during the 2020-2021 academic year, and after research and discussion of these critical concerns, the students would like to address the topic of immigration. Therefore, in spring 2021, the Center for Inclusive Excellence has offered to store, share and add to this information on their site.

Much thought and research went into the needs of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students by the scholarship recipients and they are happy to share these valuable resources in support of DACA students. As one student stated:

"We want Saint Xavier University to be known as a place where we strive for understanding and support rather than discriminate individuals based on their race, gender, and citizenship."


Sisters of Mercy Scholarship Recipients, 2020-2021

  • Grace Adeleke
  • Huguette Clemente
  • Hadeel Damra
  • Robert Martinez
  • Henrietta McDonald

DACA and Laws

Diversity is one of our core values, allowing all different social and ethnic backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, and DACA/undocumented students to apply to SXU.

There are laws in place to support many of our DACA students in this process.

Providing students with these valuable resources will help encourage them to seek an education and share such information with others.

Application to SXU

Undocumented students are a diverse population in higher education, with Hispanic students accounting for 46% of undocumented students compared to 25% for Asian students and 15% for Black students (President's Alliance, 2020).

However, there are many national programs and state laws that allow undocumented students to attend the college of their choosing. Please find this information a useful guide in helping to navigate the many options available for DACA students.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is an undisclosed abuse that often leads some to not seek support.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was created to protect victims of domestic violence and offers specific protections for people without legal status in the United States.

Information about domestic violence outlets will provide victims comfort and access to reach out for support.

All of the resources have been published, however, the information will be populated on an ongoing basis. Please check in regularly for new information.

Domestic Violence Facts