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Campus Message About DACA

President Jessup reaffirms UNLV's core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Campus News  |  Sep 5, 2017  |  By Len Jessup
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Dear Campus Community:

The Trump administration announced today coming changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. The administration announced it would no longer accept new applications for the DACA program, and will phase it out in six months unless Congress takes legislative action. Clearly, this announcement and its implementation extend far beyond UNLV and we are following it closely, as are campuses and communities across the country.

We continue to be strong supporters of DACA and of our DACA students. We recognize changes to DACA will have an adverse impact on some of our students and we will continue to communicate details as they become available. We are committed to being responsive and supportive of the emotional well-being of the campus community and encourage individuals to utilize services offered through the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services. Resources also are available through the Immigrant Legal Resource Center website.

We are proud of our students and the passion they have to pursue productive lives and careers—which is the very mission of higher education. Many are first-generation college students and trying to create a better path for their families and themselves.

We will continue to do everything in our power to provide for all of our students a safe, supportive environment conducive to their success while following the law. It was in this spirit that we joined more than 600 higher education institutions across the nation to advocate for continuation of the DACA program at the end of last year.

Even with today’s announcement, we will continue to champion the importance of education and the success of all our students. Citizenship is not a prerequisite for admission at UNLV, and our doors remain open to all students who seek education and the opportunities it provides.

As I have said before, inclusiveness is at the core of a different, daring, and diverse UNLV. Nothing will change that stance.

Cordially,

Len Jessup
UNLV President