TXST Monarch Center for Immigrant Students

Who We Are

The Monarch Center is a virtual hub, streamlining communications and access to immigration resources, programs, and research.

Monarch Center membership consists of TXST faculty and staff committed to educating, supporting, and advocating for our immigrant students.

What's happened so far

  • November 2019 – presidential DACA Task Force recommendations include implementing a DACA resource center
  • February 2020 – coordinator appointed to lead the Center
  • March 2020 – inaugural meeting of faculty and staff charged with serving on the advisory council; decided on official name
  • May 2020 – official launch of Monarch Center and website
  • July 2020 – graduate assistant hired to staff the Monarch Center
  • August 2020 – physical space located in Brazos Hall 218 opened to students
  • September 2020 – assembled team of immigration research scholars 

Our Pledge

Educate – Provide access to higher education opportunities for DACA and immigrant students by actively engaging with and spreading awareness about educational laws and student rights.  

Support – Increase recruitment, retention, and graduation of DACA and immigrant students by addressing their unique academic, personal, and professional needs in a holistic manner by partnering with TXST academic and student service areas. The university is committed to promoting the safety, well-being, and success of these students while maintaining their confidentiality and identity. 

Advocate – Promote a welcoming campus climate through creation of a knowledgeable and sensitive university culture. Engage other higher education partners to create DACA and immigrant student-friendly policy.

Mission Statement

The mission of the TXST Monarch Center for Immigrant Students is to provide a network of university leaders offering evidenced-based research, resources and support in the form of guidance, strategic initiatives for the academic success and inclusion of DACA and Immigrant students.

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Updates for DACA, Immigrant, and International Students

Contact Michelle Sotolongo if you are not eligible for traditional forms of assistance. 

If you need legal help or have questions regarding the recent DACA announcement, please contact the Attorney to schedule a free and confidential appointment with Dr. Angelica Coronado.

Points of Contact

Michelle Sotolongo, MA

Coordinator, Monarch Center for Immigrant Students
Coordinator Monarch Center for Immigrant Students

Phone: 512-408-2743
Email: ms84@txstate.edu
Office: Lampasas Hall Room 410


Dr. Stella Silva, Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Vice President, Institutional Inclusive Excellence - Faculty and Staff Initiatives
Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Vice President, Institutional Inclusive Excellence - Faculty and Staff Initiatives

Phone: 512-245-4428
Email: ss23@txstate.edu
Office: LBJ Student Center, Suite 2-20


Angelica Coronado, Director, Attorney for Students Office
Director, Attorney for Students Office

Phone: 512-245-2370
Email: LegalHelp@txstate.edu
Office: LBJ Student Center, Suite 5-1.5

Advisory Council & Network Members

TXST Monarch Center for Immigrant Students logo with butterfly and graduation cap
Council and Network members are committed to serving immigrant students regardless of status.

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