January 12, 2018

Guilford College Dreamer Makes a Moving Case


My greatest joy in education is witnessing the transformation of our students as they discover their voice in creating positive change. It happens every day at Guilford College. This week, Student Body President Hector Rivera Suarez made his mark with a moving presentation on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

Through my work on the newly founded President’s Alliance for Higher Education and Immigration, I had encouraged Hector to accept the invitation to share his important story with congressional leaders in Washington. Hector’s status as a DACA individual will end very soon because of a delay in the U.S. Postal Service.

I was at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro on Jan. 11 when I had the thrill of seeing Hector’s remarkable speech on C-SPAN television. U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland introduced Hector with glowing words of praise. Hector was so impressive as he spoke with powerful eloquence. I was moved to tears by his words. The people watching with me were equally impressed and proud. And, surely, all of us at Guilford should be proud of him.

I am so grateful that Hector made the trip to Washington to tell his story on behalf of all DACA individuals. I admire Hector for his courage and commitment to our city, state, and nation — the only home he has ever had.

Let us honor and add to Hector’s inspiring voice in making a difference. I urge you to contact your congressional representatives today to ask for DACA legislation to protect our Dreamers.