Mendocino College Releases Statement in Support of DACA Students

September 8, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         Contact:  Jessica Silva, Director of Community Relations & Communication    Phone/E-mail: 707.468.3012/jsilva@mendocino.edu 
September 8, 2017                            

MENDOCINO COLLEGE RELEASES STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF DACA STUDENTS

Mendocino College releases the following statement in support of DACA students:

The events that have occurred over the past several weeks and the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), have disillusioned many in our community and our institution, including our most vulnerable students, who feel victimized and ostracized by a country they dearly love.

We are disheartened by the recent malicious xenophobic act to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in a short six months from now. Although a few paint immigrants in a negative light, our institution recognizes that immigrants have helped shape the fabric of our state and nation.  These contributors include DACA students who have lived in the United States since childhood, attended our schools and continue to build their dreams, despite looming uncertainty.

Our community college is here for all students to realize their aspirations and fulfill their dreams, regardless of creed, nationality or beliefs. At Mendocino College our board and staff stand in solidarity with our exceptional students, especially our undocumented students, who may be experiencing fear, anxiety, or doubts about their status and their future.

On behalf of the entire District, we want to reiterate our tireless and strong promise to stand united in keeping undocumented students enrolled and safe in our college. We pledge to continue providing accessible, affordable, and superior educational opportunities for the communities we serve.

For our DACA students, and all undocumented students, we share our commitment:

  • You can count on our unwavering support
  • We pledge to protect your privacy
  • We will provide protections to you as members of our community
  • You have a safe place at our college and centers
  • College staff, faculty and managers can provide help and guidance
  • We urge you to stay in school

DACA students, children and young adults, face a great challenge today. Although not insurmountable, their experience can be both devastating and frightening.  We are offended by this action and vow to work unrelentingly on behalf of our most vulnerable students. Together with our trustees and staff, we can endure this hateful action and continue to serve our community.
    
We encourage all students to stay enrolled in courses and continue working diligently to fulfill their goals and achieve their dreams.  As an inclusive and equity-minded district, we ask all faculty, staff, managers and our community to continue to oppose destructive sentiments and fight for the rights of all students, including students of color, LGBTQ and undocumented students. In harmony with our local community, I am certain we can come together to uphold the American values of equality, diversity, and opportunity that can unite and strengthen our country. 

The following resources are available for our DACA and undocumented students:

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