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January 27, 2017


SDCCD pledges support of students regardless of immigration status, religion

By San Diego Community College District

SDCCD pledges support of students regardless of immigration status, religion

The San Diego Community College District joined a growing number of colleges and universities around the country today when its Board of Trustees approved a resolution reaffirming support of its students. 

The resolution, passed unanimously, urges President Donald Trump to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to work and study in the country without fear of being deported.  Former President Barack Obama launched the policy in 2012. 

“The Board resolution reflects the values of the district’s faculty, administrators, staff, and student leaders,” said SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll.  “The campus presidents and I have sent a message to students, sharing the Board resolution and assuring them that we will do everything in our power to support their educational opportunities despite the challenges that may be on the horizon.”

Read the Board Resolution

The resolution affirms the district’s support for its diverse student population, including those who may lack legal authorization to be in this country; commits to not cooperating with any federal effort aimed at creating a registry of individuals based religion, national origin, race, or sexual orientation; precludes immigration officials from being on campus absent legal authority; and pledges to avoid acting on behalf of federal agencies enforcing immigration laws.

“Our goal in passing this resolution is simple and straightforward,” said Board President Maria Nieto Senour. “We value each and every one of our students, so our priority is to provide high-quality educational opportunities for all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, heritage, national origin, religion, immigration status, gender identity, or medical condition.”

The resolution comes after California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, University of California President Janet Napolitano, and California State University Chancellor Timothy White formally requested that the new administration preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows children of undocumented immigrants to pursue higher education in the United States. It also follows and supports the position of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.


Mesa College Resources for Students, Faculty and Staff

Students

International Students: Students from the affected countries who are attending Mesa on a student visa are encouraged to contact the International Student Admissions Office at 619-388-2717 where they can receive additional support and guidance. www.sdmesa.edu/student-services/international-students/index.shtml

Student Health Services offers a wide range of services including psychological counseling, to support students with a variety of concerns. Crisis counseling is available in the Health Center I4-209 from 8-6 Mon-Thurs, and 8-3 on Friday. Students may either drop-in or make an appointment to be seen by a Therapist. www.sdmesa.edu/student-services/health-services

Student Clubs and Organizations provide a rich and exciting multi-cultural dimension to college life at Mesa. Faculty and classified staff advisors serve on a voluntary basis and are approved by the College President each semester. www.sdmesa.edu/campus-life/get-involved/student-clubs

 

Faculty/Staff

The Office of Professional Development: Professional learning enables campus employees to develop the knowledge and skills to assist themselves and students to be successful in college and address students’ learning challenges.  Call 619-388-5019 www.sdmesa.edu/about-mesa/professional-development

District Employee Benefits Office:  The San Diego Community College District Benefits Office provides faculty, staff, administrators, retirees and COBRA participants with support on the District's health, welfare, and retirement benefits plans by providing one-on-one counseling and assistance over the phone, in person, and via email, and maintaining an effective benefits communication program. 619-388-6587 or http://hr.sdccd.edu/benefits/beneindex.cfm

 

Tags: immigration, SDCCD, Press Release, Diversity, AB 540, DACA