November 9, 2017
Dear Campus Community
The deadline for Congress to pass an immigration reform bill is February 5, 2018. While Congress continues to work on a replacement policy for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, I want to reaffirm Stanislaus State’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive community and support for our students, faculty and staff who may be impacted. At Stanislaus State, creating and nurturing a community of people with different experiences, perspectives and identities is the foundation for excellence in research, creativity, learning and human development.
I recently joined my colleagues in the CSU as well as more than 800 college and university presidents and chancellors in signing a letter sent to Senate and House leaders urging Congress to pass legislation as soon as possible to permanently protect Dreamers. I am also happy to report that the CSU Board of Trustees, today, approved a resolution encouraging system and campus leaders to work together and with local, state and federal leaders to pursue all legal means and available resources to support Dreamers.
To deny even one of our students a Stan State education and membership in our community is deeply troubling to me. I stand by my most recent statement in support of DACA students. In addition, I would like to make everyone aware of the commitments the University has made, and the resources the University has committed to that support, including:
- The Mission Asset Fund (MAF) scholarship fund to help young immigrants pay for the $495 DACA renewal fee.
- A new Dreamers Center housed in the Diversity and Inclusion Center to be located on the second floor of the University Library. The Center is scheduled to open in mid-November.
- Dream Act Application Workshop, which was held November 8th from 4-6 p.m. in the University Library, Room 125C.
- Know Your Rights workshops hosted by the Dreamers Committee and Immigration Legal Resource Center (I.L.R.C.) representatives to answer questions and hear concerns. The committee also has developed a set of resources to respond to those concerns and to help members of the community educate themselves on the details of University policy and practices. Those meetings will continue, and more details will be published when additional dates and times are scheduled.
In addition to the above resources, the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion (PCDI) finalized the campus diversity statement, and drafted an action plan. I allocated $50,000 to the PCDI to support program and events that foster a campus climate of diversity, inclusivity, equity and social justice. This allocation helped to support programming for Stan State’s Unity and Inclusion Week, October 16-20. During this week, the campus community came together to proclaim We STANd Together for Unity and Inclusion to provide marginalized groups a voice, to become engaged and involved in our community, to advocate for positive change and make our collective voice heard.
It is important to note:
- State funding available under the California Dream Act is not based on DACA status and will not change.
- University Police do not inquire about citizenship or immigration status as a matter of routine policing to keep the campus and community safe.
- The University does not voluntarily provide information about the immigration status or nationality of individual students to federal agencies or other outside organizations or individuals, except where required to do so by law.
For those interested, our student Movimiento Estudiantil Chican de Aztlan (M.E.C.H.A.) club has collaborated to organize the La Lucha Sigue! Rally/March, November 10-12, starting in Merced to support new immigration reform. To learn more call (209) 683-0271.
If you need support or have questions, please reach out to our Dreamers Committee at (209) 667-3070 or email email@example.com. You will receive a response within 24 hours. For more information, please visit our Dreamers web site.
Students feeling emotionally distressed are encouraged to contact the Student Health Center, Psychological Counseling Services or our StanCares team. If you have questions or concerns as a student or parent and would like to talk with someone, please contact our Student Outreach office at (209) 667-3070. If you or anyone else on campus is approached by a U.S. official regarding immigration concerns, please call the Stanislaus State Police Department at (209) 667-3114. All questions from dispatch will be referred to Chief Andy Roy, Lieutenant Matt Dillon or Lieutenant Clint Strode and they will coordinate with the CSU Office of General Council (OGC) to liaison with the officials making the inquiries.
As a community, We STANd Together for Unity and Inclusion — determined to support DACA students and members of our community from all walks of life.
Ellen Junn, Ph.D.