Statement on DACA and Undocumented Students

Dear Knox Community,

In this period of political transition, it is important that Knox College maintains our historic commitments to equality and inclusion and articulates those core values to those who may be vulnerable and uncertain about what the future holds for them. In that spirit, I write today to respond to recent inquiries from Knox faculty, staff, and students about ways in which the College can serve as a sanctuary for our undocument documents and students with legal status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order.

Knox College has a long tradition of and commitment to admitting, supporting, and graduating students with undocumented status. I assure you that our commitment to DACA and undocumented students has not changed–and will not change–as the result of the recent election. We at Knox will continue to provide ongoing institutional grants and campus employment for DACA-eligible students and to educate faculty and staff about how they can be allies to our undocumented student population. As an additional expression of this commitment, I joined with other liberal arts college presidents last week and signed a statement in support of DACA and undocumented students across our nation, asking our leaders to ensure that DACA “be upheld, continued, and expanded.”

At this time, we believe that it is premature for the College to speculate on actions or policies surrounding immigration and DACA that have not yet come from the new administration or Congress. In the coming days and weeks, the College will continue to monitor carefully any changes to immigration policy, consult with immigration attorneys and advocacy organizations, and identify ways in which we can protect our students. We have been in communication with students who may be affected by such changes and will continue to provide them with as much information and support as we can.

No matter our nationality, race, ethnicity, political views, religious beliefs, gender identity or sexual orientation, we are all members of the Knox community, and our community remains committed to its historic values of equality and inclusion. We will do everything in our power to ensure that all of our students have access to the educational opportunities they deserve.