What is Diversity Connections?
- Click on link below and log-in using your Texas State User ID
- Search based on filter options provided
- Browse and select faculty or staff
- Use contact information to request a meeting
Participation in the Directory is available to Texas State faculty and staff, based on Opt-In or Opt-Out status, and can be voluntarily changed at the discretion of the respective faculty/staff. All faculty/staff are initially set to Opt-Out.
In order for faculty/staff profiles to be visible to students in the Directory, faculty/staff should select Opt-In.
Instructions for accessing and editing Profile and Preferences:
- Click on link to access directory: https://mako.sa.txstate.edu/DiversityConnection
- Enter Texas State User ID information
- Once logged-in to directory, select “Edit My Diversity Connection Profile” (top left corner)
- Enter information or select responses into each field:
- Area of Expertise (1,000 character limit)
- Were you a first-generation student?
- You are currently set to Opt-Out to the Diversity Connection. Would you prefer to Opt-In?
- Select Opt-In or Opt-Out
- Opt-out = Profile NOT visible
- Opt-in = Visible profile
- Read and confirm “Acknowledgement Notice”
- Select Opt-In or Opt-Out
- Confirm changes by selecting “Submit”
For concerns or questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connections to Resources, Programs, Services and Student Organizations
Immigrant Students including Undocumented & DACAmented Students
The acronym “DACA” refers to the federal “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program, which was deployed by Executive Branch memorandum on June 15, 2012.
DACA does not confer legal status, nor does it offer a pathway to permanent residency or citizenship. Only certain undocumented individuals who have no significant criminal history and meet educational criteria are eligible for the program. DACA status provides temporary administrative relief from the possibility of deportation (two years subject to renewal). Various legal challenges to the DACA program are ongoing in the courts.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced on June 28, 2019, that it will grant the Trump administration’s request that it review the federal court cases challenging Trump’s termination of DACA. For now, the three U.S. district court orders allowing DACA recipients to submit renewal applications remain in effect, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is still accepting DACA renewal applications from anyone who has previously had DACA.
Yes. Texas State admits all qualified students regardless of immigration status.
If the DACA program ends, will I still be eligible to pay in-state tuition rates to attend this university/college?
Yes. Texas law authorizes persons classified as Texas residents to pay in-state tuition. Texas Education Code Section 54.052 and 19 Texas Administrative Code §21.24 outlines specific ways of determining whether a student enrolling at a public institution of higher education is classified as a Texas resident. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has a Frequently Asked Questions on “Eligibility for in-state tuition and state financial programs” on its website.
Texas State vigorously defends the privacy rights of students and will not release information about a student’s immigration status to anyone without a validly issued subpoena, court order or search warrant. The Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) prohibits colleges and universities from releasing information from students’ education records without consent, except under certain specified circumstances.
There are two important exceptions to FERPA:
a. First, the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (“SEVP”) provides that participating institutions are subject to on-site review at any time, meaning that SEVP field representatives visiting a campus are authorized to obtain information about students on temporary student and training visas (F and J) – but not about DACA or undocumented students.
b. Second, the USA Patriot Act serves as an exception to FERPA and permits federal officials, upon issuance of a court order alleging terrorist activities, to obtain information from education records without consent.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a federal law enforcement agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, principally responsible for immigration enforcement, with additional responsibilities in countering transnational crime. ICE maintains a policy which provides that they will not engage in immigration enforcement in sensitive locations like schools absent prior approval by a supervisor or exigent circumstances. The policy can be found here: https://www.ice.gov/doclib/ero-outreach/pdf/10029.2-policy.pdf Individuals should be mindful that this policy may change.
If ICE agents detain a Texas State student, will Texas State release personal information to ICE agents including parent’s address or emergency contact information?
Student information is confidential and will not be released unless legally required to do so. If Texas State is presented with a warrant, we will comply with the warrant and provide only the information required by the warrant.
The population of Texas State students with DACA status is currently unknown as such information is not maintained by Texas State.
All students, regardless of their immigration status in the US, are expected to comply with all university/college and System rules and regulations. Students will not be held or arrested by UPD on the basis of immigration status alone.
DACA recipients refers to those individuals protected under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The term “DREAMer” refers to those who would be protected under the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act), a bill in Congress that has been proposed several times but never passed.
If I have questions or concerns related to either DACA or ICE, and/or if am looking for additional resources for undocumented students or other individuals on campus, where do I go or who is the best person to talk to on campus?
The Student Diversity and Inclusion Office located in the LBJ Student Center, Suite 5-2.1 is one of the primary offices available to talk with you. Other offices that can assist and resource information can be found on the Diversity Connection website at www.sdi.txstate.edu.
Connections to Faculty and Staff
Alliance of Texas State
Alliance encourages, promotes, and celebrates the awareness, equality, social acceptance, non-discrimination, and individual freedoms of all employees regardless of their sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity. The Alliance is dedicated to and supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) faculty and staff.
Email | Website
Hispanic Policy Network
Center for Diversity & Gender Studies
Connections to Mentors
A mentor is an important and valuable asset during your education at Texas State. PACE Mentoring and Academic Coaching connects Freshman students to mentors. If you are a returning, graduate or doctoral student, then Bobcat Bond Program is your avenue for identifying a mentor.
- I am a First-Year Student - Freshman or New Student
- I am a Returning Undergraduate, Graduate or Doctoral Student - All students