President notes support of DACA program in statement

September 5, 2017 | UToday
By Staff



The University of Toledo President Sharon L. Gaber announced the University’s support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program Tuesday morning in advance of the White House’s announcement about the future of the program.

“I have heard the questions raised by some of our Latino students and wish to let all of our campus community know that we believe that the DACA students are strong, contributing members of our communities, and we support initiatives to allow them to pursue their educations,” Gaber said. “We respect and abide by all laws, and we are hopeful for a reasonable solution.”

The president reminded the community that UT welcomes people of all racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, national and international backgrounds.

“Diversity is a core value of the University,” she said. “We believe our diversity makes us stronger, and we are committed to an environment of inclusion.”

UT is a signatory to letters supporting the BRIDGE Act — legislation that would give students temporary protection from deportation to continue living in the United States with permission from the federal government.

University leaders are monitoring the discussions on the future of DACA and will keep the campus community updated as more information becomes available.

Faculty, staff and students with questions or concerns are invited to contact Dr. Willie McKether, vice president for diversity and inclusion, at 419.530.2260 or willie.mckether@utoledo.edu; Dr. Sammy Spann, interim dean of students, at 419.530.8852 or sammy.spann@utoledo.edu; Dr. Michele Soliz, assistant vice president for student success and inclusion, at 419.530.5323 or michele.soliz@utoledo.edu; or Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, interim vice president for student affairs, at 419.530.7963 or phillip.cockrell@utoledo.edu, for assistance.