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President M. Duane Nellis

President M. Duane Nellis

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President Nellis issues message in response to DACA news

Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis sent the following message to the Ohio University community on Sept. 5, 2017, in response to news regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Dear Colleagues and Students,

Today’s news is something we have been preparing for since last fall but that doesn’t make it any less disheartening. Ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protections threatens to undermine Ohio University’s commitment to fair treatment and inclusivity for all of our students. The individuals directly affected by this decision have worked hard to be here and have so much to offer to the common good.
Since the program’s inception in 2012, thousands of students – most of whom have known no home other than the United States – have benefitted greatly from DACA. At Ohio University and other institutions of higher education across the country, DACA has made it possible for all students to pursue an education and explore meaningful ways to contribute to our communities and economy.
Ohio University has been advocating for our DACA students since last fall – writing letters to our Congressional delegation, joining more than 600 colleges and universities across the nation as signatories on a statement calling for the DACA program to be “upheld, continued, and expanded,” and reaffirming our commitment to OHIO’s harassment and discrimination policy that already includes race, national origin and ethnicity.
Ending DACA protections threatens to undermine this commitment for the many young people who have worked very hard to be here and have so much to offer as global citizens. On behalf of Ohio University, I remain steadfast in my commitment to protect the rights of all of our students.
Tomorrow I will go to Capitol Hill to advocate for all our students and urge our Congressional representatives, face-to-face, to take action to protect the DREAMers immediately.  We will continue to monitor these national discussions and will keep the University community informed of important developments as they unfold.
M. Duane Nellis