Undocumented students’ week of action

MSJC hosts week of events to encourage local advocacy in support of DACA

■ Mt. San Jacinto College / Contributed

Mt. San Jacinto College joined the California Community College Chancellor’s office and other community colleges in hosting a week of events starting Monday, Oct. 15, to support undocumented students.
The “Undocumented Students Week of Action” is designed to encourage local advocacy in support of students who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, according to the Chancellor’s office. MSJC had a host of events scheduled Monday through Thursday with topics that ranged from financial aid and citizenship to watching films like “A Better Life.” There was also a discussion about the experiences of DACA students, also called “Dreamers.”
“We are proud of the diversity that makes up the student population at Mt. San Jacinto College and want students to know we will continue to provide access to quality higher education to residents of this region,” said Dr. John Colson, Vice President of Student Services. “The Week of Action is one way we can show our students we support their dreams of college completion and success as well as support our faculty and staff. As a college district, we have a history of supporting dreamers from a cross section of groups that include the Student Government Association, faculty, staff, administration and our Board of Trustees.”
As one of California’s 114 community colleges, MSJC provides open access to all and supports DACA students. Under the DACA program, undocumented individuals who were brought to the U.S. as minors are allowed to remain in this country, work and get an education, including financial aid.
“MSJC joins the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, other community colleges and institutions of higher education in reaffirming its commitment to providing quality higher education in a safe environment to all students, regardless of immigration status, race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or any other demographic, so they may continue to reach their educational goals,” the school said in a statement.

MSJC says it also protects student privacy, since federal law requires it to keep student information confidential.

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