Dear Office of the President, Provost, and Board of Regents:
As students, faculty, staff, and alumni/a of a University that serves many of the groups who were targeted and denigrated during the President-Elect’s campaign, we write with urgency to request that you make our campus a sanctuary for our students, our staff, our faculty and their family members who face imminent deportation.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers cannot enter the campus without permission of the University, which means UNR can protect undocumented individuals (https://www.ice.gov/doclib/ero-outreach/pdf/10029.2-policy.pdf ). Given that many students, staff, faculty and their families are directly affected by this issue, we urge the University to develop a protocol for the University of Nevada, Reno to serve as a sanctuary campus, placing restrictions on law enforcement. We urge your offices to stand with immigrants who study, live, and work at this university, by adopting a public, written policy communicating the following protections for the University:
-Reaffirm the University’s commitment to diversity and denounce any hate speech directed at students, staff, and faculty that identify as women, immigrants, Latinxs, Muslims, African-Americans, LGBTQIA+, differently-abled, veterans, and others by informing the campus of existing resources for reporting and responding to bias or hate incidents;
-Refuse ICE access to all land owned or controlled by the University and all voluntary sharing of information with ICE/CBP across all aspects of the University to the fullest extent possible under the law;
-Prohibit campus security and Campus Police from inquiring about or recording as to an individual’s immigration status or enforcing immigration laws or participating with ICE/CBP in actions;
-Prohibit housing discrimination based on immigration status;
-Publicly support the continuation of the DACA program;
-Create an Undocumented Student Coordinator position to assist undocumented students and their families;
-Provide legal support and representation for undocumented students and their families;
-Support undocumented and DACA students’ equal access to in-state tuition, financial aid, and scholarships. And will support the ability of qualified immigrant students to enroll and sustain their attendance, including the use institutional funds and scholarships to fill any gap created by discriminatory laws that exclude immigrant students from paying the in-state rate or accessing ordinary financial aid and scholarships on equal footing with other students;
-Support community efforts that protect immigrants who study, live, and work, along with their families and the community.
Active support of our most vulnerable members will demonstrate Nevada’s commitment to defend our values of inclusion, justice, and humanity. It may give comfort to those in our community, especially within the our campus, who are frightened and unsure about their future and safety. If we do nothing, then our commitments to “realize and sustain a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for all University community members” will reveal itself to be failed promises and empty discourse.
We thank you for your consideration.
**PLEASE DO NOT SIGN MULTIPLE TIMES AS THE SAME INDIVIDUAL**