Undocumented Students

Health Services for Undocumented Students

Along with academic stress, many undocumented students experience stress related to the political climate, xenophobia, racism, deportation fear, housing, family responsibilities, and career uncertainty. Understandably, all of these can impact mood, concentration, motivation, self-esteem, and overall well-being.

Counseling at CAPS is free and available to ALL students, regardless of status. In addition, two satellite counselors are housed within the Undocumented Student Program space in the Cesar Chavez building. While each student’s wellness plan and number of sessions will look different depending on their unique needs, all mental health services on campus are FREE for undocumented students.  Thanks to generous philanthropic support, undocumented students can also get reimbursed* for mental health services they seek off-campus.
* See
 details on the application process and amount. 

Call (510) 642-9494 to get started. Learn more about counseling at the Undocumented Students Program.
For help when we are closed, contact the After Hours Counseling Line at (855) 817-5667.  

Meet the Counselors

Bianca Barrios headshot Diane Pena
Bianca Barrios, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
César Chávez Building, Room 180
Diana Peña, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
César Chávez Building, Room 180

Additional Counseling Options:


Conversations with counselors are confidential, with a few rare exceptions, usually to protect your safety or the safety of others. Counselors keep brief written notes of their contacts with students and maintain a practice that does NOT include a student’s legal status in their files. We don't want anything to be a barrier to students accessing help. If you have further questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with a counselor. Learn more about our confidentiality practices.

Students can use the medical services at the Tang Center just as they would their regular doctor's office and urgent care center. Our facility is fully accredited, staffed by licensed and/or board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, a nutritionist, and nurses.

Manage your health online, anytime, anywhere, with the eTang patient portal. Schedule appointments, transfer/refill prescriptions, send secure messages, see lab results, order STI and pregnancy tests and more!

Professional health educators provide free lifestyle and behavior guidance to increase your academic and personal success on topics like time management, procrastination, resilience and stress management, exercise and sexuality.

Nutrition Drop-In Counseling

Nutrition education sessions are offered to all students and cover general nutrition topics including:

  • Eating for healthy weight and disease prevention
  • Eating on a budget
  • Simple meals and snacks for students
  • Vegetarian and vegan diet tips

Nutrition education sessions are approximately 15-20 minutes long and are scheduled on a drop-in basis. Drop-in nutrition education is FREE of charge.

Our goal is to ensure LGBTQ students receive the highest quality care in a supportive, respectful space. 

Part of overall wellness, sexual health is more than just sex, condoms and STD testing; it also involves feeling informed and empowered. Find resources for getting informed, protected, and tested. Tang Tip: Did you know you can order your own STI testing?

Our confidential counseling services are topic specific such as chronic illness management, medical withdrawals, nutrition, substance abuse, body image and disordered eating, pregnancy, relationship violence and sexual assault, and gender identity counseling.