Support for Undocumented Students

In her August 31, 2017 message to the Emory community, President Sterk responds to the Trump administration’s threats to end DACA, outlines the program’s unique value to our students, the university, and American society, and reaffirms Emory’s support for its undocumented students.

On November 20, 2016, 17 campus organizations and more than 1,500 Emory faculty members, students, staff, alumni, and other community members submitted a petition to the university administration. On November 21, Emory President Claire Sterk, Interim Provost Stuart Zola, and Dean of Campus Life Ajay Nair responded with a message thanking the petitioners for their letter and reiterating the university’s commitment “to continue to welcome and support DACA students as members of our university community.”

They indicated that senior leadership would explore, consistent with applicable federal and state law, how best to serve those in our community whose immigration status may put them at risk, and have already begun the process of working directly with DACA and undocumented students and other community stakeholders. 

This web section provides background and plans related to Emory’s ongoing commitment to support its students.