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Earlham Responds to the Rescinding of DACA

The following is a message to the Earlham community from President's Cabinet in response to the Trump Administration announcement on September 5, 2017, that it will rescind, in six months, the 2012 executive order which established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACA allows registered participants who were brought to the U.S. as children to enroll in college, obtain driver’s licenses, and legally secure jobs. Uncertainty about DACA remains. Absent Congressional action, DACA students will lose protections, become subject to deportation, have their movements restricted, and will no longer be able to re-enter the country should they leave. These would be very real impacts for DACA students and for all of us in the Earlham community.

September 5, 2017

All of us on the president's cabinet are very aware that the Trump Administration’s plan to rescind DACA has left many in our community worried and wondering how the College will respond to this change in U.S. Government policy. Our primary focus is always the safety and welfare of students and employees of the College. We value all members of this community, we value diversity and inclusion, and must do all we can to nurture and support one another in times of uncertainty and fear. To that end, we are writing to underscore and clarify how Earlham will respond to this announced change in immigration enforcement:

  1. Earlham will continue the practice of treating any students with DACA status as "domestic students" for purposes of determining financial aid.
  2. Earlham will continue to protect the privacy of all our students and employees, including those effected by this policy change.
  3. Earlham will make housing options available for students concerned about traveling abroad during school breaks. Those interested should contact the Student Life Office.
  4. Earlham employees will not act as federal agents in enforcing immigration policies, but they will cooperate with law enforcement if formal subpoenas, warrants, or court orders are issued.
  5. Earlham will not waiver in our commitment to our educational mission and in our commitment to our students and employees.

Students: if you have questions or concerns, please contact the Student Life Office.

Employees: we encourage you to bring your questions and concerns to any member of the President's Cabinet. 

If you want to know more about how one college president thinks about these and related issues, please attend the Convocation on September 20, where Alan Price will ask and attempt to answer the question, “What is our ethical responsibility when we see injustice?”

As we go through this time of uncertainty, let us remember to support one other and try our best to live those ideals which have brought us together.

Alan Price
Hagi Bradley
Welling Hall
Kim Tanner
Jonathan Graham
Sena Landey
Mike Bergum
Stephanie Bishop
Priscilla Alicea

A Statement on the U.S. Presidential Election

We on the Diversity Progress Committee want to give voice to our deep care for all here at the College at this defining moment. Community can be built in moments of strong disagreement; we invite all of us to work together respectfully, to see the good in one another even as we might experience distrust and fear. Let us live into becoming the national and global model that Earlham aspires to be.

We resolve to actively work against the further marginalization of historically vulnerable communities whether this marginalization transpires here at Earlham, in Richmond, New York City, the White House, or anywhere in the world. We stand in solidarity against racism, misogyny, xenophobia, trans- and homophobia, ableism, and other forms of aggression that further marginalize already vulnerable peoples.

We pledge to work towards fostering inclusivity here on campus and hope that you will join us in doing so as you work through complex emotions. We invite you to recall our College’s Mission Statement: that our “education is carried on with a concern for the world in which we live and for improving human society.… Therefore, Earlham stresses global education, peaceful resolution of conflict, equality of persons, and high moral standards of personal conduct.”

In solidarity,

Members of the Diversity Progress Committee

Aspiration and Vision

As a community dedicated to excellence in liberal arts education and informed by Quaker principles, Earlham College welcomes the contributions of divergent voices as we seek to foster a deep, shared sense of purpose. A diversity of human experiences and viewpoints in our learning community strengthens the educational experience of all members of the community.

Diversity Progress Committee

The Diversity Progress Committee (DPC) is charged with advising campus leaders and the Board of Trustees on a wide range of issues related to diversity. The committee includes professors, students, administrators and staff members. You can learn about committee activities and find resources related to diversity on DPC's website.

Diversity and Inclusion

The Division of Student Life sponsors a variety of initiatives related to diversity and inclusion. Learn more here.