Chancellor Block releases statement to the UCLA community on the Trump Administration’s decision to end DACA. I am deeply disappointed by President Trump’s announcement that the federal government will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA has provided valuable resources for those within our UCLA community who qualify for the program, including access to a work permit. UCLA stands in solidarity with all of our students, especially our undocumented students, for whom the federal government’s action will be met with fear and uncertainty. It is important to remember that financial aid provided to undocumented AB540 students is unaffected by the federal government’s decision to end DACA. Continue reading
University of California President Janet Napolitano, U.S. secretary of homeland security from 2009 to 2013, released the following statement today (September 5) after President Trump announced his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
The acts of violence in Charlottesville represented an assault on the very foundations of our democracy, and an affront to all people who believe the strength of our future as a nation hinges upon our ability to become a more tolerant nation, a nation that fully respects and includes all Americans, in all of our diversity.
An equally enduring threat to American democracy is the “myth of many sides” — the myth that all sides of an argument have equal value.
This is a unique time of false equivalencies, when real news is labeled fake news and fake news is spun as the truth. So, the role of members of the academic community as sources of facts and context is more important now than ever. Public participation — public engagement — is a responsibility we in the academic world can and must embrace. All of us must do more to counteract misinformation and outright bigotry.
To the University of California Community:
At the state level, both the Assembly and Senate continue to recess through late August. Federal elected officials just came back at the beginning of this month, and many have events and are holding office hours through the beginning of September.
We have compiled a list of public events this summer that we know of so far, for your advocacy, and enjoyment. For more, visit the website of your designated elected legislators.
A Wednesday vote sparked hope among higher education advocates that Congress will choose to hold the line, or even increase funding for a key federal research arm.