DACA Statement and Resources

September 12, 2017

Dear School of Social Work Community:

Last week, the Trump administration announced that it would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This decision directly impacts nearly 800,000 young people, and countless numbers of their family, friends, colleagues, and communities.

In addition to the statements from the leadership of both St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas, we wanted to make you all aware of the stance from our professional organizations. Both the Council on Social Work Education and the National Association of Social Workers have publicly come out in their opposition to this decision, and their unwavering support for those young people impacted by this decision.

The School of Social Work affirms the statements from our institutions and our professional organizations. We stand with our students, their families, and loved ones who are impacted by this decision. We encourage all members of our community to support one another and look for ways to live our profession’s values of social justice, advocacy, and community in the coming days, weeks, and months.

St. Thomas has posted a list of resources that may be of help to students; the Multicultural & International Programs and Services (MIPS) office at St. Kate’s is another on-campus resource. The Interprofessional Center also has posted a number of resources. Finally, a DACA Resource Session is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13, at 6:30 pm at St. Thomas. Please feel free to share these resources with others if you wish.

Corrine Carvalho, Interim Dean
and the faculty and staff of the St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work