Emory affirms support for undocumented students

Nov. 22, 2016


Megan McRainey

Questions have been raised on many college campuses across the country regarding possible changes in federal immigration policy and enforcement. Emory University leadership received a letter from university community members and organizations requesting that Emory continue its commitment to undocumented members of our community. Emory’s response and a link to the letter are below:

Nov. 21, 2016


Thank you for the letter sent to the three of us yesterday. We appreciate your constructive approach, and recognize your deep caring for members of our community who are threatened by the possible changes in federal immigration policy and enforcement.
Emory’s values have not changed: our university community embraces students, faculty, and staff from many racial, religious, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, national, and international backgrounds. We believe the intellectual and social energy that results from such diversity is critical to advancing knowledge.
In keeping with those values, Emory accepts undocumented students for admission and financial aid under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program. We will continue to welcome and support DACA students as members of our university community.
In the coming weeks, Emory’s senior leadership will be assessing your letter, and evaluating how best to serve those in our community whose immigration status puts them at risk.  We ask that you recommend to Dean Ajay Nair community members from your coalition to work with our leadership team. Please try to keep the number of representatives to a small number so we can meet expeditiously.
We believe there is much we can do at Emory and in partnership with other organizations to help all of our community members flourish in these uncertain times.
Claire E. Sterk, President
Stuart Zola, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost
Ajay Nair, Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life

The letter, titled "A Sanctuary Campus for Undocumented Members of the Emory Community," is available here. It was drafted and endorsed by 17 campus organizations and signed by hundreds of students, faculty and staff.