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Counseling and Other Resources for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Undocumented Students


Mental Health Concerns

Students with undocumented status are often faced with navigating additional hurdles in their higher-education journey. This can mean encountering various situations that can affect their mental, emotional, and spiritual health. In addition to the "regular" stressors of college, undocumented students may also experience stress related to increased financial difficulties, fear for one's safety or safety of their family, grief due to acknowledgement of status, or feelings related to an absence of belonging. To counteract these feelings, celebrating resilience and creating a capacity of hope have been cited as methods that can improve student success. It is also important to build a narrative of identity that includes, but is not restricted to undocumented status.

How can counseling help?

Counseling & Human Development (CHD) is dedicated to assisting students cope with and manage feelings that can interfere with academic and social life at Dartmouth.

Feelings such as anxiety about the future, self-blame, internalization of negative identity, anger, or feelings related to losing your sense of belonging can be discussed with a counselor during an appointment with a counselor at CHD.

How do I schedule a counseling appointment?

To schedule an appointment, please call the CHD office at 603-646-9442. CHD services are free of charge. During your initial appointment, you are free to discuss any concerns about your adjustment to campus or conflicts back at home.


Counseling is confidential and your undocumented status will not be included in our counseling records. We do not share information about students seeking help at CHD with anyone without written permission. Exceptions to confidentiality are rare and specifically mandated by law and professional ethics. For further information, please see Confidentiality & Release of Information

Crisis Counseling

CHD offers 24-hour crisis counseling for enrolled students or for those who are concerned about an enrolled student.

  • During Regular Business Hours: While most counseling services are scheduled on an appointment basis, there may be crisis situations that require immediate or same-day intervention. CHD is open from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (summer term/between term hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.). You can call our office at 603-646-9442 or come to CHD on the second floor of Dick's House. Please inform our staff that you have an urgent concern and need to speak with the Counselor on-Call.
  • After Regular Business Hours: You can access the Counselor on-Call by calling Dick's House Inpatient Department (IPD) at 603-646-9440 (fall/winter/spring terms) or by calling Safety and Security at 603-646-3333 (summer term/between terms).
  • What to Expect: The on-call counselor will help you determine what care you need and how and where to get it. At times, just talking through a crisis with the counselor is all that is needed. The Counselor On-Call will determine with you, if further intervention is appropriate. In some cases, for instance, the Counselor On-Call will help a distressed student formulate a plan, including resources for support, to get through a night or weekend.

What can I do if I experience discrimination?

Dartmouth is dedicated to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory learning, living, and working environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. You can certainly discuss any experiences of discrimination with your counselor. Additionally, any inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination in the educational and employment context may be referred to the Bias Impact Response Team (BIRT). For more information visit

Additional Campus Resources:

Admissions -

Financial Aid -

Center for Professional Development -

Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL) -

Office of Visa and Immigration Services -

Peer to peer support: Dartmouth Coalition for Immigration Reform, Equality and DREAMers (CoFIRED) acts as the student support network for undocumented students on campus by linking other DREAMers at Dartmouth, raising awareness, and conducting programming events.  For more information visit

Last Updated: 1/9/17