September 7, 2017
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
The recent decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) affects many in our community including a number of current students. In a time of uncertainty, I want to emphasize that LBCC remains committed to providing access and support to DACA participants seeking to better their lives and our communities through education at LBCC.
Our mission states that our purpose is “to engage in an education that enables ALL OF US to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from the cultural richness and economic vitality of our communities.” Our mission powerfully guides us. We will continue to stand with all who wish to pursue a better life within the LBCC community. Please join me in affirming LBCC’s commitment to continue to welcome and support the success of all.
In accordance with legal guidance, we will continue to protect personal information and provide support available from the state and community to help DACA participants succeed. Students and staff impacted directly by the announcement of the change to DACA are encouraged to contact Javier Cervantes, Director of Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion by calling (541) 917-4299 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Information and guidance to legal and community support resources will be available.
As members of the LBCC community, I ask you to respond to those affected with compassion and understanding. Information about how you can help is available at the “Undocumented and DACA Resources” section of the college’s Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion website.
Greg Hamann, President
Linn-Benton Community College