DACA Self-Care, Mental Health Series

Embracing Strengths & Vulnerabilities

For Thriving & Resilience

Undocumented journeys are not all the same. We all bring along our unique and multidimensional identities and perspectives as we forge a path through uncharted territories toward a better future. Nonetheless, there are high and low points along this path that are shared by many of us. We hope that this resource will help, encourage, inspire, and accompany you in this journey. Hover over the journey below to zoom in.

DACA Mental Health Map FRONT

Download this resource, fold as an accordion, and keep handy in your pocket or wallet.

DACA Thriving Tuesdays

In collaboration with Fuller Theological Seminary, the Thrive Center hosted DACA Thriving Tuesdays on Facebook Live from May 26, 2020 to June 23, 2020. This 5-week webinar series expands on our self-care tips and mental health resources for undocumented individuals with or without DACA. This webinar series is now available on-demand below.


Pushing Back Against Unhelpful Thoughts

Our moderators, Dr. Lisseth Rojas-Flores and DACA recipient, Norma Ramirez lead our first DACA Thriving Tuesdays webinar, introducing our self-care guide for undocumented individuals with and without DACA and sharing tips on how push back against unhelpful thoughts.

Live on May 26, 2020


Caring for Your Health & Letting Go of Survivor's Guilt

Our moderators emphasize the importance of taking care of our physical and mental health amidst the context we are facing and letting go of survivor’s guilt. Guest speaker, Kathia Soltero Calderon joins the conversation to share her experience in navigating through the U.S. healthcare system as a DACA recipient.

Live on June 2, 2020


Engaging Your Community & Seeking Healthy Relationships

Special guest, Dr. Rafael Martinez from UndocuTalks joins our moderators to discuss the importance of building community and healthy relationships.

Live on June 9, 2020

Nurturing Creativity & Embracing Faith/Spirituality

DACA recipients, Jennifer Hernandez and Julie Kim join our moderators to share how embracing their creativity and spirituality have helped throughout their undocumented journeys, particularly as we await the Supreme Court decision on DACA.

Live on June 16, 2020

Responding to the Supreme Court Decision on DACA

With news of the Supreme Court ruling on DACA on June 18, 2020, our moderators come together with special guests, Cecilia Sanchez and DACA recipient, Monica Cornejo to process what this decision means for our community.

Live on June 18, 2020


Dealing with Strong, Mixed Emotions & Moving Forward with a Vision

Special guests, Cecilia Sanchez and DACA recipient, Monica Cornejo reconvene with our moderators for our final webinar to talk about the complexity of the DACA ruling, feeling mixed emotions, and learning how to move forward.

Live on June 23, 2020

More DACA Resources

Webinar: Mentoring the 1.5 Generation

Scholars, mentors, and DACA recipients, discuss the best practices to mentoring and supporting for DACA and undocumented youth in this webinar.

Infograph: Supporting the 1.5. Generation

We outline 8 research-based mentoring practices to help you advocate and support DACA and undocumented youth during these uncertain times.

Podcast: Conversing about DACA

DACA recipient, Norma Ramirez joins the Conversing Podcast to talk about growing up undocumented and her experience as a PhD student at Fuller Theological Seminary under the DACA policy.

Article: DACA & Immigrant Youth: What are We Called to Do?

Learn about the health challenges DACA recipients often face and what we can do to support them.

Op-Ed: Awaiting a DACA Decision AmiD COVID-19

Norma Ramirez writes about her journey as a DACA recipient, the need for human connection, and awaiting the Supreme Court decision amid this pandemic.

Article: Preparing for the Upcoming DACA Decision

Norma Ramirez and colleagues identify steps for how schools can support undocumented students in light of the pending Supreme Court decision on DACA.

UndocuHealth National Mental Health Directory

United We Dream provides a National Mental Health directory for DACA and undocumented individuals seeking therapy and mental health services.

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