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DePaul's Statements & Communications

Letter to the campus community from DePaul University Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity Elizabeth Ortiz, Ed.D.
February 21, 2017​

Dear DePaul Community,

Today the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued two memoranda signaling a shift in priorities regarding how immigration law will be enforced. We were thankful the memos preserve the Obama administration’s policy on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, that has provided work permits to over 750,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children and upon which a number of our students rely.

However, we realize today’s larger shift of enforcement priorities will likely continue to generate fear and concern for many of our students and especially their families.

Please know that in the midst of the uncertainty surrounding immigration rights, we hold fast to our unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion that is a hallmark of DePaul. The university continues to make available resources to assist our students and their families. These resources are listed on a new comprehensive DePaul website​ that the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity developed with university stakeholders for immigrants, refugees and allies. 

On this website, you can find:
  • Past university statements on immigration
  • Information on upcoming events on refugee and immigration issues
  • Internal and external legal resources and support services for undocumented, DACA, international or refugee students
  • Scholarship, fellowship and program information for diverse students 
We are actively monitoring the ongoing changes to federal immigration policy and will update both the Immigrants and Refugee Resource website and the community at large with useful information on how future changes may affect our campus. Thank you for your continued support in keeping DePaul an inclusive and welcoming community for all. 

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Ortiz
Vice President, Institutional Diversity and Equity


Letter to the campus community from DePaul University President The Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, C.M.
January 30, 2017


Dear DePaul Community,

The Trump administration’s January 27, 2017, executive order on immigration indefinitely barred Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days and blocked citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, from entering the United States for 90 days.

Confusion mounted over the weekend as travelers seeking entry were detained at airports across the country. Administration spokespeople worked quickly to issue clarifications of the order at the same time that global leaders and U.S. courts questioned the action. We do understand that naturalized United States citizens from the seven named countries are not affected. In addition, it appears that the order may not apply to green card holders who are citizens of the seven named countries.

While federal agencies work to find a common understanding of the executive order, we strongly urge students and faculty from the countries affected to defer travel outside the United States. We also encourage students to consider the university resources that are available.

I want the DePaul community to understand that there should be no confusion about where we stand.

Students, faculty and staff members from the affected countries have made DePaul their home away from home - and we fully intend for that to continue. People from all countries and of all religions are welcome at DePaul. As such, we will take every action within the law to protect everyone within our community, including Muslim students, faculty and staff in the United States and from other countries, just as we remain unwavering in our support of undocumented students during these uncertain times. We fully endorse the words of Pope Francis shared yesterday in a statement by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich: "The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us."

As always, thank you for your care for DePaul and this community.

Respectfully,
Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.
President


Letter to students from DePaul University President The Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, C.M.
December 6, 2016

Dear DePaul Students,

A number of you have inquired about what potential changes in immigration policy could mean for some of our community as a new presidential administration prepares to take office. DePaul has always welcomed students regardless of their citizenship status, and we will keep our commitment to undocumented students who choose this university for their education. Please know that the university administration does not keep records that would indicate a student's undocumented status. If government authorities sought such records from us, we wouldn't have anything to share. We cannot produce what we do not possess.

DePaul has extensive resources to assist if you have questions or know of students who are experiencing uncertainty.

  • Students have access to Croak Student Legal Services, located in the Lincoln Park Student Center, which provides free legal services as well as referrals to external resources.
  • The DePaul Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic can assist students and their families. They have also developed a referral list of low-cost legal service providers who provide assistance in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals cases and have engaged DePaul alumni to provide one-on-one consultations for DACA and undocumented students. For appointments students can contact Jenny Freundt at jfreundt@depaul.edu.
  • University Counseling Services and University Ministry​ both stand ready to support students more personally as they balance the stress that such uncertainty brings.
  • More broadly, the DREAM resource guide is a collection of instructions for how an undocumented student could access health insurance, scholarships and financial aid resources and support services at DePaul and in the greater Chicago community. This guide was developed by DePaul's DREAM Working Group, who will continue meeting regularly to discuss how the university can enhance its support for undocumented students.

Finally, DePaul supports Mayor Rahm Emanuel's commitment to maintain Chicago as a sanctuary city and pledges continued action on these ongoing initiatives to support undocumented students.

DePaul is at its best when we are taking care of each other. I ask the entire university community to help support our students during this challenging time.

Respectfully,
Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.President


Letter to the campus community from DePaul University President The Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, C.M.
November 21, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

As a new presidential administration prepares to take office, many of you have reached out to me with concern about what changes in immigration policy could mean for some of our community, particularly our undocumented students. DePaul has always welcomed students regardless of their citizenship status, and we will keep our commitment to undocumented students who choose this university for their education. Please know that DePaul has resources to assist if you have questions or know of students who are experiencing uncertainty.

  • Students have access to Croak Student Legal Services, located in the Lincoln Park Student Center, which provides free legal services as well as referrals to external resources.
  • The DePaul Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic can assist students and their families. They have also developed a referral list of low-cost legal service providers who provide assistance in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals cases and have engaged DePaul alumni to provide one-on-one consultations for DACA and undocumented students. For appointments students can contact Jenny Freundt at jfreundt@depaul.edu.
  • University Counseling Services and University Ministry both stand ready to support students more personally as they balance the stress that such uncertainty brings.
  • More broadly, the DREAM resource guide is a collection of instructions for how an undocumented student could access health insurance, scholarships and financial aid resources and support services at DePaul and in the greater Chicago community. This guide was developed by DePaul's DREAM Working Group, who will continue meeting regularly to discuss how the university can enhance its support for undocumented students.

Finally, DePaul supports Mayor Rahm Emanuel's commitment to maintain Chicago as a sanctuary city and pledges continued action on these ongoing initiatives to support undocumented students.

DePaul is at its best when we are taking care of each other. I ask the entire university community to help support our students during this challenging time.

Respectfully,
Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.
President


To view more of Fr. Holtschneider's statements, visit his website.


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