Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life

RAPID RESPONSE TEAM

What is the Rapid Response Team (RRT)? 

Given the challenging time for many immigrant students on our campus, particularly those who are undocumented, who have undocumented family members, or who are facing other challenges related to immigration status there was a need to build a community of support to work alongside our students as a part of their UMD journey. As a response to these needs, the rapid response team was created by Dr. Janelle Wong and Laura Bohorquez during the fall of 2017.


Who can join the RRT?

UMD staff and faculty are highly encouraged to join the RRT. Discretion and confidentiality are important to this effort. 


What might capacity and time commitment look like if I join the RRT?

We hope to build teams based on your capacity. We understand that there will be times when members are not available.  We also anticipate that each member of the team will be working with no more than one student per semester. In the past, we have needed this kind of support for 8-10 students every semester, and sometimes the need is a one-time ride or other short-term commitment.


How have folks who are part of the RRT supported students?

Some examples include driving students to appointments for immigration hearings, providing carpool for consultations with lawyers, accompanying students to meetings on campus related to residency reclassification, or providing on-campus advocacy related to a student’s particular needs with various campus units. 


How can I join the RRT?

Thank you for your interest in joining the rapid response team. In order to show your interest and join the RRT, you will need to send an email to undoc@umd.edu and request the RRT interest form link. In your email subject line please include: “RRT Interest Form Inquiry”. As a way to help you prepare, the form will ask you the following information: 

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • E-mail
  • What role best describes you?
  • Department/Unit
  • Position/Title
  • Phone (Work)
  • Cell Phone
  • What is your best method of communication? 
  • Do you agree to be part of a group text with other members of the rapid response team?
  • Do you have a car that you would be willing to use?
  • Please let us know what your capacity is by sharing how you can help support our UMD immigrant community. Please click all that apply. 
    • Drive a student to an appointment (morning 8-11am, midday 11am-4pm, evening after 5pm)
    • Accompany a student to a hearing or other legal proceedings (during the workday)
    • Provide one on one support and advocacy during students’ interactions with various campus units (i.e. residency reclassification, registrar, bursar)
    • One on one support and help with students’ housing issues (i.e. speaking with landlords, talking through options)
    • Become a mentor for a student
    • Help a student with a grocery run/ride
    • Provide carpool to an off campus event
    • Help with fundraising efforts for our Undoc UMD Opportunity Fund
    • Help fundraise during Maryland Giving Day (Spring Semester- March) for the Terp Dream Crisis Fund
    • Make a one time donation ($250, $500, $1,000, $2,500)
  • If you have folks in mind that might be interested in being a part of this group. Please share their name, email, and role below. If you do not simply write N/A.
  • Please share any comments, suggestions, and or questions.

By signing up, you will join our rapid response team and also be included in our emailing listserv for future events and training.


When or how will I be contacted if I submit the form to join the RRT?

We will contact you to let you know when we have reviewed your interest form and will follow up when we need folks to call, email or tweet at their congressperson, for any events taking place on and off-campus, and for opportunities to facilitate, fundraise and or when students share ways that you can support them and or the immigrant rights movement.


I am a student and want to request support from the RRT, who do I contact?

Please send an email to undoc@umd with the email subject line: “RRT Student Support Inquiry”. Please share the following information in your email:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • E-mail
  • Cell Phone
  • What best describes you? 
    • Undergraduate UMD Student
    • Graduate UMD Student
  • What is your best method of communication? 
    • E-mail, phone call, text, other
  • How time sensitive is your request?
    • Emergency
    • 1-2 business days
    • 3-5 business days
    • I am not sure, a consultation would be helpful.
  • Please choose all that apply
    • I need a ride to- a doctor appointment, hearing or other legal proceedings, biometrics appointment, grocery, other. 
    • I would like someone to attend a meeting that I have coming up with an on campus office. For example, residency reclassification, bursars office, etc. 
    • I need help finding short term housing closer to campus during finals week. 
    • I need financial support to help with 
      • A months of groceries
      • A month of gas/public transportation costs
      • Books
      • Printing
      • Legal fees/ Application renewals
      • A locker in Stamp/Recwell to leave my things in a safe place
      • Tuition
      • None, of the above, I need help with my own fundraising efforts 
      • Other
  • I want a staff/faculty mentor
  • Please share any comments, suggestions, and or questions.

I still have questions about the RRT, who can I contact?

For questions about the rapid response team, please email undoc@umd.edu and add Rapid Response Team Inquiry to your subject line.