The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) joined a growing number of colleges and universities around the country today when its Board of Trustees approved a resolution reaffirming support of its students.
The resolution, passed unanimously, urges President Donald Trump to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to work and study in the country without fear of being deported. Former President Barack Obama launched the policy in 2012.
Students, faculty, and staff participated in a Teach-in event held at San Diego Mesa College on November 30, 2016. The event was one of several actions taken across the district to ease tensions following the Presidential Election.
The resolution affirms the district’s support for its diverse student population, including those who may lack legal authorization to be in this country; commits to not cooperating with any federal effort aimed at creating a registry of individuals based religion, national origin, race, or sexual orientation; precludes immigration officials from being on campus absent legal authority; and pledges to avoid acting on behalf of federal agencies enforcing immigration laws.
“Our goal in passing this resolution is simple and straightforward,” said Board President Maria Nieto Senour. “We value each and every one of our students, so our priority is to provide high-quality educational opportunities for all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, heritage, national origin, religion, immigration status, gender identity, or medical condition.”
The resolution comes after California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, University of California President Janet Napolitano, and California State University Chancellor Timothy White formally requested that the new administration preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows children of undocumented immigrants to pursue higher education in the United States. It also follows and supports the position of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors.
The Board resolution can be found at: http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/sdccd/Board.nsf/files/AHZ4HP0BAA76/$file/FINAL%20Board%20Resolution%20in%20Support%20of%20All%20Students.pdf
As the second-largest of California’s 72 community college districts, the San Diego Community College District serves approximately 100,000 students annually through three two-year colleges and San Diego Continuing Education. The three colleges, San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, and San Diego Miramar College, offer associate degrees and certificates in occupational programs that prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and entry-level jobs. Mesa College also offers a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management. Continuing Education offers noncredit adult education at six campuses throughout San Diego.