UT President - Dr. Sharon L. Gaber

September 6, 2017

Dear UT Community,

Like many of you, I am deeply disappointed by yesterday’s announcement from the White House that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be scheduled to end. This will have a dramatic impact on students and the communities to which they contribute.

I have reached out to our elected officials expressing how critical it is that Congress act promptly in support of legal protections for these vulnerable students by, at a minimum, codifying the provisions of the DACA policy into law.

I also have joined the other presidents of public universities in Ohio in our united request to Congress to approve legislation that incorporates a permanent solution to this issue that permits these students to maintain their current status in this country and at our institutions.

We need Congress to help protect our students. The planned termination of the program would disrupt the lives and education of UT students who are important contributors to our region, campus and community.

Sincerely,
Sharon L. Gaber, Ph.D.
President


September 5, 2017

Dear UT Community,

In anticipation of an announcement today from the White House about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, The University of Toledo wants our students, faculty, staff and community to know that we support DACA. Further, we are a signatory to letters supporting the BRIDGE Act — legislation that would give students temporary protection from deportation to continue living in the United States with permission from the federal government. 

The University of Toledo welcomes people of all racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, national and international backgrounds. Diversity is a core value of the University. We believe our diversity makes us stronger, and we are committed to an environment of inclusion.

We support the position that the APLU (Association of Public and Land-grant Universities) has taken in which it urges Congress to act swiftly to move legislation that would codify the protections that DACA provides.

I have heard the questions raised by some of our Latino students and wish to let all of our campus community know that we believe that the DACA students are strong, contributing members of our communities, and we support initiatives to allow them to pursue their educations. We respect and abide by all laws, and we are hopeful for a reasonable solution.

University leaders are monitoring the discussions on the future of DACA and will keep our campus community updated as more information becomes available.

Faculty, staff and students with questions or concerns are invited to contact Dr. Willie McKether, vice president for diversity and inclusion, at 419.530.2260 or willie.mckether@utoledo.edu; Dr. Sammy Spann, interim dean of students, at 419.530.8852 or sammy.spann@utoledo.edu; Dr. Michele Soliz, assistant vice president for student success and inclusion, at 419.530.5323 or michele.soliz@utoledo.edu; or Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, interim vice president for student affairs, at 419.530.7963 or phillip.cockrell@utoledo.edu, for assistance.

Sincerely,
Sharon L. Gaber, Ph.D.
President

 

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