With Immigration and Customs Enforcement showing up outside of court hearings, picking up parents dropping their children off at school and demanding to be let into homes, it is safe to assume that college campuses are not safe from ICE raids either. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival – or DACA – students are unsure of their future, and the University of La Verne is rightfully stepping in to ensure their protection. As a school that prides itself as Hispanic-serving institution, now is the time to prove the support for those students goes beyond our 48 percent Hispanic population, Latino Student Forum and Latino student graduation.
Administration is taking huge steps to prove their dedication to not only DACA students, but those who may have undocumented family members that live in fear.
Chief Diversity Officer Beatriz Gonzalez sent a long awaited campus-wide email last week with helpful information in this time of ambiguity. The email also directed to the Diversity and Inclusivity webpage, which is full of support materials for undocumented students or family members. The immigration resources page also includes faculty and staff training dates, videos and local attorney information, and aids professors who fear ICE visits by informing their legal responsibilities. FERPA directs professors to always call general counsel and Campus Safety instead of giving up a student’s information.
These essential instructions should be easily accessible in classrooms and at all regional campuses, since many adjunct professors teach alone at night, and finding the website in a timely situation would take more time than is available. The guidelines are a great step in the right direction, assuring students that administration is not forgetting them in a time of need. However, this should not be the satisfaction point. ULV’s responsibility to its students demands further protection, specific trainings for professors and emotional support for students.