The staff of the Immigration Response Team are current U of M 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 administrative leader of the Immigration Response Team. Her permanent role at the University of Minnesota is with International Student and Scholar Services, where she has been since the summer of 2009. At ISSS, Marissa advised students, faculty, and staff on issues related to F1 and H1B 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 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, and an active volunteer with Mid Minnesota Legal Aid.
Head of Communications
Sandra is responsible for 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 coordinates communications for International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Before coming to the university, she worked in communications and research roles for the BlueGreen Alliance, the Minnesota Senate, and political campaigns. Sandra graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in political science. She is also on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities (YNPN-TC), an organization dedicated to providing professional development and networking opportunities to professionals who are getting started in the nonprofit sector.