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Statement on Repeal of DACA Program: September 5, 2017

Today, the U.S. government repealed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, jeopardizing the well-being and future prospects of approximately 800,000 undocumented youth in our country, including the almost 100 Dreamers welcomed by Dominican University every year. The Dominican community stands in solidarity with our undocumented students and their families. We view the repeal of DACA as unjust and shortsighted.
 
With or without DACA, Dominican will continue to provide a campus climate and an academic experience that promotes the security and well-being of all persons, especially those who are underrepresented and struggling for voice and opportunity. To that end, we will support our students in the following ways:

  • As directed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the university will not provide access to student information, including any records that identify immigration status, except as required by federal, state or local laws, and only in the presence of formal documentation.

  • We will continue to ensure that all undocumented students receive their institutional scholarships and grants.  We encourage you to reach out to the Financial Aid Office if you have any questions about your award.

  • Beginning Tuesday, September 5, University Ministry will host an open space for prayer at 11:30 a.m. in the University Ministry Center (Mazzuchelli North 298).  This communal prayer opportunity will continue every Tuesday throughout the semester.

  • Beginning Tuesday, September 12, our community partners from PASO will be available in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Lewis 216) from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. to answer legal questions.  This resource will be available on the second Tuesday of every month.

  • Beginning Friday, September 15, the Wellness Center and University Ministry will host a peace circle from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Lewis Lounge.  This will be a space available for all students to be in sacred dialogue with one another about their life experiences.  Additional peace circles will be hosted throughout the semester.

We understand that many of our students are feeling vulnerable and anxious during this time of uncertainty. We want you to know that staff members of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, University Ministry and the Wellness Center have received “Undocumented Safe Zone” training and are available to you for individual support.

DACA Renewals Deadline: October 5, 2017

 

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