Statement from the UCEA Executive Committee and Headquarters regarding the Trump Administration’s Detainment of Immigrant Children
As members of the Executive Committee of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), we represent a global community of professionals dedicated to preparing educational leaders and influencing local, state, and national educational policy to benefit children. With almost 100 member institutions, we are deeply committed to fostering the well-being of all children, especially those who are most vulnerable. We stand with immigrant families and support their human rights. We are appalled by the inhumane treatment of children and their families as they enter the United States. While a recent executive order ends the future separation of young children from their families, it does not address the grave psychological harm and trauma these children have already endured while separated from their families. We continue to fight for their human and civil rights.
We join with other educational organizations around the country in speaking up against such harmful policies. UCEA is an organization dedicated to inclusive practices that act in the best interests of all children. As such, we strongly encourage faculty members in principal preparation programs to discuss the impact of such immigration policies in their courses, and to include activities that will support the development of aspiring school leaders who may face these issues directly with the students and families that they serve. We also encourage engagement in the policy realm to help protect vulnerable children from trauma and harm. Such examples of engaged learning and research will help to prepare future school leaders to make better informed decisions rooted in social justice.
UCEA Executive Committee
June 27, 2018