Message from Chancellor Sartarelli re. DACA

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Yesterday's announcement regarding the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has garnered a lot of attention nationally, but it is equally important that we address it here in our own community.

There is no question that DACA students play a critical role on our campus, in our community, and as part of the fabric of this country. Culturally and intellectually, their contributions cannot be questioned. Our DACA students have been, are, and will remain welcome and valued on our campus. We hope Congress will act with compassion and with the educational and professional goals of these students, and all DACA participants, in mind.

We continue to work with General Administration to understand the potential impact of this change. In the meantime, we are aligned with the Association of Public Land Grant Universities and many of our higher education peers in encouraging support for DACA students. We will also work with public officials toward the appropriate resolution of this issue.

We continue to stand for inclusion and respect on our campus, and we will not tolerate discrimination in the wake of the DACA announcement or at any other time. If you experience or witness intimidation or harassment, contact University Police at 910.962.2222. Students who are in distress should contact the Counseling Center at 910.962.3746.

I am proud of our commitment to our students' well-being and I ask all of you to join me in offering all the support you can to those affected, directly or otherwise, by this turn of events.

Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli