The staff members of the Immigration Response Team are current University of Minnesota employees who are committed, along with their home offices, to helping the University community in this important initiative.
Marissa Hill-Dongre, J.D.
Marissa is the director of the Immigration Response Team. In this role, she has helped to guide University of Minnesota student, faculty, and staff through unprecedented changes and uncertainty with immigration law and policy in the United States. In addition to her role with the Immigration Response Team, Marissa is an Assistant Director of the University’s International Student and Scholar Services office, helping to lead the Employment-based Visa unit. Marissa has worked at ISSS since 2009, and during that time has advised students, faculty, and staff on issues related to F-1 and H-1B visas, employment-based permanent residence applications, and other immigration-law related issues. Marissa graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Sociology and Spanish, and she graduated Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2006.
Prior to law school, Marissa worked as a Spanish interpreter and ESL teacher. During law school, Marissa worked at the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program and at Centro Legal, a non-profit legal services organization. From 2006 to 2009, Marissa practiced immigration law at Centro Legal, focusing on family-based immigration, naturalization, and on applications for victims of crime. Marissa previously worked at the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota as their Education Coordinator. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Head of Communications
Sandra is responsible for coordinating communications strategy and implementation for the Immigration Response Team. She is a Communications Specialist for the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (GPS Alliance) where she also leads communications strategy for International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Before coming to the university, Sandra worked in communications and research roles for the BlueGreen Alliance, the Minnesota Senate, and political campaigns. Sandra is also a graduate student enrolled in the Strategic Communication program in the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication, and she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in political science.