With the post-election results and increased violence toward the Latinx community including its most vulnerable members, we, the undersigned students, staff, faculty, and community members of this campus, ask you to implement a plan to declare our campus a sanctuary for all Latinx students, staff, and their family members, including especially those who face imminent deportation.
As you might know, according to an internal 2011 memo of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, ICE officers are subject to certain restrictions upon entering college campuses without authorization. (https://www.ice.gov/doclib/ero-outreach/pdf/10029.2-policy.pdf) This puts CWRU in an important and unique position, which it can and should use to protect undocumented community members from government agents. It is, we believe, the responsibility of CWRU to ensure that it remains a place where the administration actively protects the rights and safety of all members of its community.
We respectfully ask that you implement the following actions as quickly as possible:
(1) Issue a public statement from the administration reaffirming the university’s commitment to support and protect all of its students and workers, regardless of their citizenship status, religion, ethnicity, or national origin.
(2) Reaffirm the university’s commitment to create a campus atmosphere of respect by denouncing the hate speech directed at immigrants, minorities, women, and the LGBTQ community.
(3) Declare CWRU to be a sanctuary campus that will actively refuse to comply with immigration authorities regarding deportations or raids.
(4) Guarantee student privacy by refusing to release information regarding the immigration status of our students and community members to any government agency.
(5) Publicize resources available to undocumented students, with a staff member in the Office of Multicultural Affairs who is specifically trained to aid undocumented students, and offer free on-campus access to legal counsel.
(6) Make funds available to assist undocumented students (and faculty, staff and students with family members) in need. a. For current DACA recipients, guarantee that any and all merit-based scholarships they are awarded will not be forfeited if the DACA program is to be rescinded. b. Include DACA recipients and undocumented students in all merit, university, and diversity initiative scholarship eligibility.
(7) Ensure that all students receive a campus, classroom, and community experience free of hostilities, aggressions, and bullying regarding immigration status. Communicate unequivocally and repeatedly that undocumented students are full members of the CWRU community who will be protected to the fullest power of the administration.
(8) Respond promptly, effectively, and swiftly to entries into the Bias Reporting System.
(9) Identify particular spaces on campus where those who feel threatened can seek refuge and protection, such as safe areas where staff and faculty are trained on how to engage and aid students who are undocumented.
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Gabriel Murcia - History & Spanish, Radical Student Union PresidentDallas Eckman - Incoming Vice President of Social Responsibility of the IFC, RSUJaimee Miller - History & Political Science, Student Programmer at Center for Women, RSUEvan Adams, Secretary of the Radical Student UnionAustin Arnold - Secretary of the Radical Student UnionKat Retting - RSU, Vice President of SpectrumAmalia Gitosuputro - Muslim Student Association President Xavier Murillo, La Alianza - PresidentAndrew Jimenez, La Alianza - Vice PresidentRudolf Weber, LGBT CenterAquene Kimmel, President of SpectrumCheryl Toman, Director of Ethnic Studies Program & Director of Women's Studies ProgramShannon French, Director of the Inamori CenterLisa Kollins, Social Justice Institute Administrator Camille Warner, Social Justice Institute Leadership TeamLoretta Laffitte-Griffin, Social Justice Leadership TeamAustin Fainsod, Research fellow at the Social Justice InstituteJeremy Bendik-Keymer, Beamer-Schneider Professor in EthicsLilly Tesfai, President of the Undergraduate Diversity CollaborativeJake Bumgarner, Secretary of the UDCMike Hampton, Internal Development Committee of the UDCViral Mistry, Internal Development Committee of the UDCBill Lenart, President of the Science and Human Rights CoaltionKatherine Bush, President of Young Democratic SocialistsBrian Ward, Student Body President Nishu Uppal, USG, Speaker of the General AssemblyTimothy Nicholas, VP of Public RelationsMatthew Bentley, USG VP of IT, Hacker Society VP of ACMPriyal Chadha, Treasurer of the USGIvy Petsinger, USG VP of Student Life Lillian Trambley, USG College of Engineering RepresentativeAndrew Thompson, USG College of Arts and Sciences Representative Angela Rui, USG College of Arts and Sciences RepresentativeMorgan Wood, USG College of Arts and Sciences Representative Adrian Hattan, USG First Year RepresentativeDaniel Liu, USG First Year RepresentativeTim O'Shea, USG First Year RepresentativeDivya Manoharan, USG First Year RepresentativeRadhika Duggal, USG, First Year RepresentativeHarper Case, USG First Year Representative Hersh Bhatt, USG First Year RepresentativeEliana Ondrejko, USG Weatherhead School of Management RepresentativeAndrew Dupuis, President of the Residence Hall AssociationLucy Wan, RHA VP of Marketing & Campus RelationsCameron Childers, RHA VP of Administration and FinanceWill Oldham, President of the IFCKatherine Rodgers, Vice President of Social Responsibility of the Panhellenic CouncilErin Camia, Pan-Hellenic Council Assistant VP of RecruitmentTori Hamilton, President of the Feminist Collective at CWRUJessica Lam, Vice President of the FCCJake Rovner, The Feminist Collective Anupama Cemballi, Advocates for Cleveland Health PresidentMaia Delegal, President of NAMI on Campus CWRUMichael Nguyen, President of Vietnamese Student Association Makela Hayford, President of The African American SocietyArik Stewart, Vice President of The African American SocietyWaed Eid, Treasurer of Middle Eastern Cultural AssociationSarah Starr, VP of Chabad Nicole Park, NAMI education exec, GASA chairTemi Omilabu, University Programming Board PresidentMaria Kuznetsov, UPB Director of Promotion and DFA Events CoordinatorDavid Grosh, UPB memberTejas Joshi, President of PMEJordyn Ting, Vice President of PMEAlex Grabanski, Treasurer of PMEMC Perrin, LGBT Center; CWRU Theater DepartmentDanielle Bernat Sabo, Center for WomenPriya Govender, Spartan Winterfest, Solstice memberVivian Zeng, Treasurer of the Student Sustainability Council Leo Ndiaye, Student Sustainability CouncilNatalie Bick, Secretary of CWRUcio and Vice President of Best BuddiesHunter Greene, Spartan Dance Team Elisaida Mendez, CWRU UCS Clinical CounselorJonathan Tan, The Archbishop Paul J. 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