DACA Resources for Faculty

September 15, 2017

The University of St. Thomas has joined colleges and universities across the country in denouncing the recently announced decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  As a faculty member, you may encounter a student impacted by these recent changes to the DACA program and looking for assistance.  Here are some links that may help you connect a student to appropriate resources:

  • The Student Affairs website has a dedicated site for undocumented students with some basic information and links to various resources.
  • Students whose immigration status is uncertain may be experiencing anxiety that may impact their ability to perform successfully in the classroom. Counseling and Psychological Services staff are available to provide confidential help to such students.
  • The Minnesota Office of Higher Education website has information about the Minnesota Dream Act, which provides certain benefits to many DACA students.

St. Thomas Denounces Rescinding of DACA Policy

University of St. Thomas Newsroom (September 12, 2017)

The University of St. Thomas has joined colleges and universities across the country in denouncing the Department of Homeland Security action ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. We call for congress to pass legislation as soon as possible to permanently protect DACA students, also known as Dreamers, who were brought to our country as children. Specifically, in her welcome back messages to students and staff, Dr. Julie Sullivan stated, “Today we stand with our DACA students. We will advocate for a permanent fix to this pressing problem and will ensure our current DACA students’ financial aid to attend St. Thomas is not diminished.”

President's Message on the Elimination of DACA

President Julie Sullivan (September 8, 2017)

As a Catholic university, St. Thomas is committed to promoting and respecting the dignity of all human persons. In so doing, we must relentlessly strive to be a community of inclusion, compassion and accompaniment. There is no place here for racism, bigotry or hate.

We also stand up for the vulnerable, and today we stand with our DACA students. We will advocate for a permanent fix to our nation’s pressing problem and will ensure our current DACA students’ financial aid to attend St. Thomas is not diminished.

A Message to Students About the Elimination of DACA

Karen Lange, Vice President for Student Affairs (September 6, 2017)

The university will continue to examine events surrounding the policy change as they unfold. For those directly affected by this decision, I want you to know beyond question: you are welcome at St. Thomas. For those indirectly affected, we are called to be in solidarity with those who are.

We have resources available to you on our website. Also, many staff and faculty on our campus are available to guide you to additional resources and to serve as a sounding board as we move through these trying times. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email or call our office (651-962-6120).