Students at Centre College who are in the United States as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as undocumented immigrant students, received a vote of encouragement in a recent statement signed by faculty and staff.
“We affirm unequivocally our support for all of our students regardless of their immigration status,” reads the statement dated Sept. 17, which continues to add signatures. “We believe this support and protection aligns with our college’s Statement of Community where we commit to ‘build and strengthen a community enriched by our differences and founded upon our common humanity.’”
The statement also references the position of the American Association of Colleges and Universities and its “’deep and abiding commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion and equity as critical to the well-being of our democratic society and as the cornerstones of excellence in liberal education.” It ends with a call “on our elected representatives in Congress to provide legal protection for our students and to create pathways to permanent legal status.”
This effort follows a previous message sent to the campus community by Centre President John A. Roush.
“You should know,” said Roush in his Sept. 5 message, “that we are working with the affected students, supporting them, and helping them find answers. Just as with all our students, we want them all to remain here and to enjoy the full benefits of a Centre education.”
The statement of support was authored by a combination of faculty and staff, including Rick Axtell, Andrea Abrams, Eva Cadavid, Laura Chinchilla, Robyn Cutright, Stephen Dove, Satty Flaherty-Echeveria, Kendra Montejos-Edwards and Jennifer Goetz.
by Michael Strysick
September 19, 2017