Madison College will be providing resources and inclusiveness for students who are DREAMers, Madison College President Jack E. Daniels announced on Thursday in a letter to all students and faculty.
“The current uncertainty surrounding the end of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program has created anxiety for DREAMers at Madison College and colleges across the nation,” Daniels wrote. “Madison College practices inclusiveness in our classrooms and student services, particularly for our communities of color, immigrants, and other underrepresented populations. Our role is to continue to meet the needs of all students who enter the doors of our campuses and ensure that every student is provided the support necessary to achieve their dreams.”
President Trump’s personal and political attack on children of immigrants has created shockwaves through every community. Trump announced the overturning of DACA on Tuesday morning, giving Congress six months to come up with something better.
DACA was an executive action of President Obama, allowing the children of immigrants who may be undocumented live out the American Dream.
While President Trump insisted in Tweets on Thursday morning that DREAMers would not have to fear deportation in the next six months, skepticism abounds concerning the level of sincerity in those Tweets.
At Madison College there are hundreds of students potentially impacted by the DACA decision. Madison College enjoys a large Latino population of enrollees and prides itself on the diversity of the student body.
Making sure students feel welcome and at ease in the hallways of Madison College has become a top priority for administrators. President Jack Daniels says that the Office of Equality, Inclusion and Community Engagement will have immigration information sessions to talk about potential DACA developments and that a website may be created as well to provide updates about DACA events and resources.
“Madison College will continue to be part of the dialogue surrounding DACA and advocate with other colleges and universities for a permanent solution that allows students to take advantage of our learning opportunities while contributing to economic and community development across Southcentral Wisconsin,” President Daniels said.
Students with concerns or needing information about DACA or a variety of other resources are encouraged to call the Office of Equality at 608-246-6434.
For many, this school year could be a struggle of trying to juggle classes that are difficult enough on their own while also worrying that their fate might be that they don’t get to come back next year.
“Though these times are challenging,” President Daniels said, “I believe we will find strength in our communities and partnerships that will support our DREAMER students moving forward.”
For information about the dates and times concerning sessions about DACA students and interested members of the community can check Madison Matters or visit the Intercultural Exchange room on the campus of Madison College.