President Jane K. Fernandes has released a statement reaffirming her support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Jane has been among those in higher education on the forefront of speaking for migrant and immigrant rights.
Following last year's presidential election, Jane was among 100-plus college and university presidents calling on then President-Elect Donald Trump to “condemn and work to prevent the harassment, hate and acts of violence that are being perpetrated across our nation, sometimes in your name, which is now synonymous with our nation’s highest office.” Soon after, she was among more than 200 higher-education leaders who signed a statement offering to meet with U.S. leaders in support of DACA.
Later in November 2016, in a message shared with the Guilford Community, Jane expressed Guilford's strong and continuing support for undocumented and DACA students: "Guilford College will continue to provide promised funding to our students, regardless of national origin. As long as I am the president, I am committed to raising funds to support undocumented students and all others with a need. Likewise, all students will be treated equally in matters of admission, housing, privacy and all other ways." (Read the full statement.)
And in February of this year, the American Council on Education sent a letter on behalf of 600 college and university presidents, including Jane, to (former) Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly, outlining concerns about President Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order regarding immigration.
In this week’s statement Jane says, in part: “We are more, not less, because we enroll students from a myriad of backgrounds,” she says. “When we value, appreciate and support each other’s varied needs and experiences, we become wiser human beings. Let us use this moment to renew our daily commitment to help one another, every one of us, in all our diversity and complexity, with compassion, understanding and kindness.”
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