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President Jill Tiefenthaler's Blog

In support of DACA

Dear Campus Community,

As we await word from President Trump on whether the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order (DACA) will be extended or ended, I want to reaffirm CC’s commitment to enrolling and educating exceptionally talented students from all backgrounds, including undocumented students and those with legal status under the DACA executive order.

DACA has enabled thousands of young people to pursue their educations without threat of deportation. Most of these students came to the United States as children. They identify as Americans and contribute greatly to our communities.

The diversity of our student body is essential to the depth and texture of a CC education. Each student brings experiences and perspectives that enrich our community.

We will do all we legally can to ensure that our undocumented and DACA students continue to have access to a CC education. The Office of Financial Aid has reached out to students who may be affected by changes in DACA to assure them that Colorado College will make up any losses in federal financial aid with institutional dollars.

Colorado College strongly supports DACA. We are in touch with our elected representatives to encourage their support of this vital program, and ask concerned members of the community to do so as well.

Sincerely,

Jill

8 Comments

  1. Ellen Stein says:

    Thank you, President Tiefenthaler, for your moral leadership and making me CC proud!

  2. Roger says:

    Thank you President T! And as for that pseudo-President T in Washington… #tonguebitten

  3. Joe says:

    Jill, how many DACA students do we have at CC?

  4. Karen says:

    Thank you, President Tiefenthaler, for this statement in advance of the administration’s decision. Now that we know that DACA has been ended, can you let the CC community know how DACA students will be supported on campus beyond simply financial access? What kinds of resources will the college make available to them to help them through this very uncertain, precarious time?

  5. Jennifer says:

    We’re grateful to see CC take this approach! Diversity is a gift to us all.

  6. Irene Lei says:

    Back in the 80s when I was attending CC, I briefly volunteered at the local Red Cross shelters where I met migrant workers and their children who despite grew up or were born in the U.S., didn’t speak English because they had no access to proper education. Many of them lived in fear because they were “undocumented”.

  7. Kim says:

    Thank you so much for your support of CC’s undocumented youth. I, for one, would contribute to a special fund or scholarship for them. I’m a teacher, so CC wouldn’t get much each year, but I would appreciate the opportunity to do my share to support these fabulous students.

  8. Anne Shutan says:

    Thank you! We ALL need to do our part in support of ending racism. Deepening our own relationships will help in understanding “other”.S
    Stay close to each other. Keep learning. Thanks for holding this out, Prez.

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