Dear members of the Westminster Community,
Statements made during the recent presidential campaign have prompted fear and anxiety with regard to immigration status among undocumented students, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) students, and all other vulnerable groups. These fears and concerns are real, and as President of Westminster, I want nothing more than to protect each and every member of our campus community—to provide a safe environment where everyone can pursue their educational goals and lead meaningful lives.
Westminster is and must remain a safe haven where we respect diverse people and perspectives, advocate for personal and social responsibility, and safeguard those who are most vulnerable in the current national climate. Though we do not know what specific federal policy changes may occur, Westminster will do all that we can to protect our community members from intimidation and unfair investigation.
As a safe haven, we are committed to do the following:
- We will not share private information about our students, faculty, or staff to anyone, unless authorized by the student or required by court order or subpoena.
- We will not voluntarily assist in any efforts by the federal government to deport our students, faculty, or staff solely because of their citizenship status, unless required by court order or subpoena.
- We will continue to admit students consistent with our nondiscrimination policies so that undocumented students will be considered for admission under the same criteria as U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
- We will stay abreast of potential policy changes or legislative efforts and actively share such information and guidance as it becomes available.
- We will encourage alums and campus friends who share our commitment to make their expertise in counseling services or immigration law available to Westminster students, donating time to provide pro-bono services.
- We will strengthen our campus ties to community partners that can assist in accessing resources for undocumented students in our community.
- We will encourage the sharing of knowledge and dialogue that embraces the diverse experiences of our community members and find opportunities to facilitate conversations.
- We will not tolerate hate crimes and are committed to fully investigate any such reported conduct.
As we move forward, we will work continuously to cultivate an inclusive campus and identify areas that require more attention. I ask that you join me and other members of our campus community as we work together to foster a more inclusive campus. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at any time.