Dear BC Community,
Thank you for making this a warm and welcoming campus for all. As we move into this spring quarter, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the challenging place we find ourselves amid the ongoing national debate over the border, immigration, and DREAMers.
We continue to evolve initiatives that were undertaken by the College, and board of trustees, following the administration’s decision in the fall of 2017 to attempt to rescind the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Thankfully, that decision is still being debated in court. In my statement at the time I noted that, “In these difficult moments, we are even more proud to be the educational home to a diverse community of students — documented and undocumented alike. Our work is to build educational opportunity as we help all students achieve their dreams.”
To that end, we have updated our ‘BC Institutional Commitment to Students’ flyer which lists resources for refugee, immigrant or international students, federal and state laws and policies that could impact them, as well as community and national resources. The flyer is hosted on our ‘Resources for DREAMer Students’ website page. Please share the information with anyone you think could benefit.
We continue to monitor developments regarding DACA and DREAMers closely, and hope for a legislative solution that will recognize the contributions of our undocumented and international friends, students, colleagues and family members who strengthen our shared community.
Jerry Weber, Ph.D.
President, Bellevue College
Last Updated April 9, 2019