The University of Delaware is committed to supporting all students, including those who are undocumented or who are benefiting from the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As the Dean of Students and Director for Student Diversity & Inclusion, we want these students to not only to feel welcome at UD, but also thrive here. Our mission is to engage every student in a great education — an education that will promote both individual success and a better society.
Recently, changes to the DACA program have prompted questions and concerns from UD students. We are writing to connect undocumented and DACA students to various resources on and off campus. Hosted by the Division of Student Life, here is a listing of information and programs for students: sites.udel.edu/studentlife/daca/
Also, UD is working with the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities and Delaware’s Congressional delegation to advocate on behalf of our undocumented and DACA students. UD’s Government Relations staff has been following the issue closely, and we will continue to communicate with our students about changes as they arise.
In the Division of Student Life, we are always happy to connect with undocumented and DACA students to offer resources and support. We are here to serve you — whether you have questions about resources or need support in transitioning to college, applying for an internship, resolving financial issues or any other topic. We admire your fortitude in choosing to be a UD student, and our goal is to help each and every one of you be successful.
We understand that this situation, along with the national debate over immigration can make life stressful. Please, take care of yourselves and reach out if you need help. There are many here at UD ready to help you.
José-Luis Riera Stephanie H. Chang
Dean of Students Director for Student Diversity & Inclusion