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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. 

Elizabeth Ortiz
Vice President, Institutional Diversity and Equity

Letter to the campus community from DePaul University
January 30, 2017

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.