AAC&U supports the continuation of protections for students under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. “AAC&U stands alongside its 1,400 members in reaffirming an abiding commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity as critical to the well-being of our democratic culture and as the cornerstones of excellence in liberal education,” AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella said in a statement released in January.
AAC&U strengthened this commitment by joining the American Council on Education and other higher education leaders in sending a letter to US President Donald Trump on August 28, 2017, urging him to “to continue your promise to support the Dreamers and preserve DACA while seeking a permanent solution, and allow these productive and high-achieving individuals to continue to work, study and contribute to our great country.” This was followed on August 30 by a letter to President Trump from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, AAC&U, and fifty national organizations.
Visit our Resources for Campus Leaders Crafting Messages in Response to Issues of Racial and Social Justice for more information about how campuses have taken action to champion these values. We invite member leaders to share their own statements by emailing Ross Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org.