NSHE Statement on DACA

Sep. 7, 2017

 

The Nevada System of Higher Education reaffirms our strong commitment for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and our DACA students system-wide. We join our colleagues throughout the United States in urging Congress to find a permanent solution to maintain the residency status of DACA students.

NSHE is committed to the success of all of our more than 107,600 students. In keeping with the academic missions of our campuses, we will continue to support an open and inclusive campus environment at all eight NSHE institutions. All students, faculty, and staff should continue to feel welcome, supported, and free of fear and apprehension.

DACA students have grown up in Nevada communities and graduated from Nevada high schools. The DACA program has been instrumental in providing access to NSHE institutions; as these are students who have met our admissions requirements and are making positive economic, cultural, and scholarly impacts on our communities. Access to higher education changes lives for the better for all Nevadans.

While the fate of the DACA program is in the hands of Congress, NSHE leadership and its eight presidents are committed to partnering and advocacy with our Congressional delegation, business community and other elected officials. A web page for DACA students is being established to provide up-to-date information including resource and counseling services at each of our institutions (http://www.nevada.edu/daca). In the end, supporting student success and ensuring students feel welcome and safe within our campus environments is paramount for all Nevadans.

Adopted September 6, 2017

Chancellor Thom Reilly, Nevada System of Higher Education
President Kristen Averyt, Desert Research Institute
Officer in Charge Mark Ghan, Western Nevada College
President Joyce Helens, Great Basin College
President Karin Hilgersom, Truckee Meadows Community College
President Len Jessup, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
President Marc Johnson, University of Nevada, Reno
President Bart Patterson, Nevada State College
President Michael D. Richards, College of Southern Nevada