Cornish College Opposes The Ending of DACA

Students at Cornish Commons. Photo: Mark Bocek.

Cornish College Opposes The Ending of DACA

A letter from Interim President Chris Kevorkian on the recent announcement to end the DACA program.

Dear Cornish College Community,

Yesterday was the first day of the fall semester at Cornish College of the Arts — one of the most energetic, dynamic, and promise-filled days of the academic year. Yesterday also brought the Trump administration's announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

To the Dreamers among us, whoever you may be: we are glad you're here at Cornish. We value you. We support you. We sympathize with you.

Cornish College of the Arts is strongly opposed to ending DACA. We will support all efforts to restore the protections that DACA provides.

We are committed to creating an environment that respects equal opportunity for all persons, the inclusion of diversity in our curriculum, and diversity in our community. We will do everything we can to ensure that you live, work, and learn in a supportive and safe environment.

Today we are in the process of scheduling campus conversations, open to all, to share thoughts and feelings in a safe and respectful space.

Students, please remember you may reach out confidentially, without disclosing status, to our Office of Counseling Services.

Employees, please reach out to Human Resources for assistance, should you have questions or concerns.

Today is a day for those of us who are not Dreamers to stand up and speak out for our friends and colleagues.

Join me in calling your Representatives and Senators in Washington, D.C. The number for the Capitol switchboard is (202) 224-3121.

You can also tweet your elected officials. Tag them and use the hashtag #DefendDACA: https://twitter.com/cspan/lists/members-of-congress/members

Today let us reaffirm our commitment to make Cornish College of the Arts a place that nurtures, educates, and supports every member of our community, including those who are/may be undocumented and those who are recent, or by heritage, immigrants.

Chris Kevorkian

Interim President

Cornish College of the Arts

Connections:

Note: Please come back to this page for updated information about our campus conversations.