Thursday, September 21

Trevecca Social Work program teaming up with local organization to host a free legal clinic for undocumented students

By Claudia Villeda

Online Media Manager

The Trevecca Social Work Program is working with Justice for Our Neighbors to host a free legal clinic for undocumented TNU students on Feb. 18. 

The legal counseling will be held at Casa Azafran (2195 Nolensville Pike) with an informational session beginning at 9 a.m. Students are also offered an individual legal consultation from Vanderbilt and JFON legal staff starting at 10 a.m.

Last year, University President Dan Boone told the Tennessean that there were about 100 students with DACA at Trevecca.

Social Work Director Allison Buzard noticed a number of undocumented Trevecca students with concerns about what they will do after graduation.

“I’ve had more and more of those conversations in the last semester,” said Buzard.

Buzard reached out to Justice for our Neighbors, a non-profit that provides legal services to immigrant communities in Tennessee, to see what they can do. JFON offered to host a free clinic to talk one-on-one with students. 

This event is open to any local college student or recent graduate interested. “I don’t think there’s any limitations. If people live in the Nashville area and they’re college students, they can come.” 

RSVP is not required from students, according to Buzard. However, for JFON to recruit sufficient legal staff, she recommends it. 

RSVP at with subject line “CLINIC”. No other information is needed in the email. 

“There’s a large community at Trevecca that’s wanting a different outcome for students and rooting for them, so this is one attempt that can be helpful,” said Buzard.

*Professor Buzard is waiting for JFON to email back about any documents students can bring.

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