From the President and Provost Regarding Today's DACA Announcement, Sept. 5, 2017
To the Faculty, Staff and Students of Case Western Reserve University:
In the wake of today’s White House announcement regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, we want to assure our campus community of two points:
- Dreamers are welcome here.
- We oppose ending DACA, and will urge members of Congress to continue the program in the strongest possible terms.
DACA allows individuals to overcome legal obstacles never of their making. These people came to the United States as infants or children—many know no other country but ours. The program allows them to remain here to work, serve in the military, or attend college. Since it began, nearly 800,000 Dreamers have been able to pursue opportunities that will enable them to contribute to our country without fear of deportation.
We have seen firsthand the exceptional benefits of the growing international nature of our campus. We will continue to increase our global engagement, and embrace people of all racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic and international backgrounds.
Earlier this year, we provided information on how Case Western Reserve supports and protect all members of our campus community. We want to repeat it again, as it is pertinent to Dreamers affected by any changes to the DACA program.
Case Western Reserve commits to:
- welcome and support students without regard to their immigration status;
- continue to admit students consistent with our non-discrimination policy; and
- maintain the privacy of student records (including documented or immigration status), releasing only such information when required by law.
Last fall, we joined more than 600 colleges and universities encouraging our country’s leaders to allow Dreamers to remain in the country while leaders developed a more permanent solution. In the spring, we joined more than 560 colleges and universities in signing a similar letter to President Trump. We will ask our congressional delegation to support the Dreamers, and we will continue to advocate for them through the Association of American Universities and the American Council on Education.
We are not the only ones on campus taking a stand on this issue. Today at 4 p.m., the student organization La Alianza will host a rally for the campus community in front of Adelbert Hall in support of DACA.
Finally, we want to remind students affected by today’s announcement that resources are available to them at the Center for International Affairs, University Health and Counseling Services, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Dean of Students team, and the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, among others.
You are all welcome here.
Barbara R. Snyder
W.A. “Bud” Baeslack
Provost and Executive Vice President
To learn more about the university’s position and DACA resources, visit our DACA page.
Mandel School Oppose End of DACA
Statement by Dean Grover C. Gilmore opposing the end of DACA:
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is an inclusive community that welcomes ALL. We dream and act to build a more just world, and we decry any action by our federal government to turn away Dreamers. We join with the President of Case Western Reserve University in opposing the end of DACA and reiterating “All Are Welcome Here” at the Mandel School — including Dreamers.
CWRU Statement: Charlottesville, Virginia
National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) Stands In Solidarity Against Hate And Acts Of Bigotry And Racism
CONTACT: Debra S. Nolan, CAE
North Palm Beach, FL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
North Palm Beach, FL. – August 13, 2017 - The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education continues to follow the news reports of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. The violence that resulted in death and serious injuries to innocent people is horrifying. We strongly denounce and reject the hatred and acts of intimidation of those white nationalists who came to the State of Virginia to do harm. Virginia Governor McAuliffe in his statement Saturday told them to take their hatred and bigotry and leave--they are not wanted in the state, and like him, we say, there is no place for them in this country.
The Saturday afternoon message from Teresa A. Sullivan, President, University of Virginia, addressed to members of the University Community, expressed profound concern regarding the outrageous acts of white nationalist protestors carrying torches who marched on UVA’s Grounds to “spread their message of intolerance and hate.” We support the message of President Sullivan and extend our ongoing support to the entire UVA campus community.
NADOHE recognizes the grave responsibility we have as members of our respective campus communities to speak out against the efforts of those who would attempt to divide our campuses and our country based on our differences--that include race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Over the next days, weeks, and months, there will be those who will test the boundaries of free speech and assembly. We support the First Amendment, and recognize the significance of our great institutions being the marketplace of ideas that generate new knowledge. However, violence is not protected, and we must strongly condemn those whose words and behavior are the antithesis of our values of diversity, inclusion, basic human dignity and respect. The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is paramount and that includes the emotional well-being of our students that is essential for learning.
Unfortunately, the violence and bigotry in the Charlottesville community is but the latest in a recent pattern of incidents that are designed to destroy the fabric of our university communities. “Not unlike Governor McAuliffe and others who have expressed their outrage over the events in Charlottesville, our response to those who spew hate and bigotry to destroy our communities is simply this - you and your acts of hate, violence and bigotry are not welcomed” says NADOHE President Archie Ervin.
NADOHE is an association comprised of chief diversity officers and diversity professionals who are the standard-bearers of higher education’s values of diversity and inclusion. We will continue to uphold our responsibilities to promote and advance diversity, even in this time of crisis in our country—because this is, indeed, a time of crisis. We stand united and we will not stand silent as others attempt to destroy our communities with hate.
NADOHE serves as the preeminent voice for diversity officers in higher education. Its vision is to lead higher education towards inclusive excellence through institutional transformation. For more information about NADOHE, please call 561-472-8479 or visit www.nadohe.org.