Standing in solidarity with students
For nearly two hundred years, the University of Virginia has celebrated its roots in the local community and a history of global engagement. In this way, UVa prepares the brightest minds of the next generation to think critically and respond carefully to some of the world’s most pressing problems. As our university proclaims its commitment to diversity and inclusion — that “Diversity stands with ethics, integrity, and academic excellence, as a cornerstone of University culture” — there are members of our community who face real risks and uncertain educational futures.
Students who were born abroad and came to the United States at a young age, or those who benefit from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), are some of the most vulnerable members of our campus community.
In Fall 2016, DACA students and over 800 allied faculty, staff, and students signed a petition asking President Teresa Sullivan to take key steps to protect DACA students at UVa. On September 5, 2017, following the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA, President Sullivan promised to support DACA students.
This is a long process, and our work is not done. Learn more here and find out what you can do to help.