Major Addresses

September 6, 2017

To our DACA Students and All Concerned Members of the University Community: 

Alvernia University remains committed to supporting our undocumented students who have met the criteria of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, originally issued in 2012. Our president, Dr. Thomas Flynn, re-affirms the support expressed earlier when he signed this document from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities:

At this time it is unclear what Congress will do in response to the September 5 announcement from the Executive Branch. We will be closely monitoring this issue, and we also are contacting our Congressional representatives to affirm our support for DACA students at Alvernia and throughout the country. In this we stand united with U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops who have been leaders in advocating for DACA students.

We have already been in contact with our DACA students. While their future is uncertain, we want them and all in the university community to know that we are here to help and support them.

To our DACA students: for now, based on information that we have received, we recommend that any of you who need to renew your registration do so within the period specified in the September 5 announcement. In the event that circumstances change and any of you or your families need legal assistance, we are maintaining a list of local immigration attorneys who can provide that support. The local Greater Reading Immigration Project is composed of a number of people who have been actively involved with DACA students and can offer some support and assistance as well. We can provide contact information for this organization In addition, there are several groups active on the regional and state level, with whom we can make contact on your behalf if necessary.

We ask that you keep the University informed about your status through either of the following individuals, who have been working throughout this year with known DACA students. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out. Know that we care.

Dr. Joe Cicala
Vice President for University Life and Dean of Students
Campus Commons, First Floor

Dave Myers
Director, O’Pake Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Public Service
107 Upland Center

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