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UCEA Statement on DACA

September 15th, 2017 by

 

In keeping with UCEA’s values and vision of educational leadership, we want to voice our concern about the recent rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Regardless of what part of the country in which we teach and work, DACA affects an invisible community of students and families who live in constant fear and uncertainty.

In our roles as scholars who prepare school and district leaders, we know what it means for children to go to school under these conditions. It is up to us to prepare future leaders to create caring, safe, and equitable schools where all children feel welcomed and capable of learning – whether in K-12 or in higher education.

In the face of this recent action, we are proud that so many of the leaders of UCEA member institutions, presidents and deans, have come out in support of DACA recipients and, indeed, all immigrants. We wanted to share excerpts from some recent statements in support of DACA. 
 
Please add or link your university’s statement so that we can amplify their messages.
 
 
“The decision to end the DACA program could damage the diversity and vibrancy of our community and undermine the global leadership of America’s colleges and universities. Yesterday I wrote to President Trump to urge him not to end the DACA program, and today I have written to members of Virginia’s Congressional delegation to encourage them to support a rapid legislative solution to provide legal status for the hundreds of thousands of people who have been protected by DACA. Meanwhile, as we consider the implications of today’s announcement, please join me in expressing and upholding the principles of diversity and inclusion in our global University.”
Teresa Sullivan, President, University of Virginia
 
“We recognize the stress that this decision is having on our undocumented students and their families, and to these students we want to be very clear in saying that nothing has changed for you in regard to your relationship with Rutgers. You remain a vital and valued part of our community of scholars, and we will continue to do all we can to support your successful completion of a Rutgers degree.” 
Robert Barchi, President, Rutgers University
 
 “These students consider themselves to be Americans and Texans, proud of the state they see as their home. They, like others, have served our nation with distinction in their academic pursuits, in our nation’s military, and as productive members of society. This service should be applauded and honored. Our nation should recognize the potential in these students, granting them the opportunity to pursue their education and enter the workforce in this country.”
William H. McRaven, Chancellor University of Texas
 
 “Our university will not waver in its longstanding commitment to the diverse and inclusive environment that is vital to an excellent education. We believe that all of our students, regardless of their background or country of origin, bring to our campuses unique perspectives and experiences that enrich our living and learning communities. In doing so, they reflect who we are — and what we strive to be — as a university that provides all students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and succeed in a place where they feel valued, respected and at home.” 
Michael A. McRobbie, President, Indiana University
 
 “Discontinuing the program doesn’t just threaten the security and futures of Dreamers. It also threatens to erode our nation as a democracy that has embraced the diverse talents and contributions of generations of immigrants, including our country’s founders. Our values as a University are clear and will not waver. To you, our DACA Dreamers, I stand with you, UW’s leaders stand with you and your University stands with you.” 
Ana Mari Cauce, President University of Washington
Here is some more information on DACA or the DREAM Act and classroom resources:
 
CNN: US immigration: DACA and Dreamers explained
 
Brookings Institute: Immigration Facts: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) 
 
Teaching Tolerance: 10 Myths About Immigration
 
NYT: “Story Wall” featuring stories of several DREAMers
 
Harvard: Best Practices for Supporting Undocumented K-12 learners
  
NEA: Resources for educators supporting dreamers 


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