Read the full letter to the Chancellor, President, and administration here. https://goo.gl/Tj6fkb
Read the personal letter template here, available for use when contacting any organizations, departments, or groups on and off campus: https://goo.gl/g7gyXH
In the wake of the racially charged and divisive election, we--the faculty, staff, and current students and alumni--respectfully demand that you implement a plan to make our campus a sanctuary for our students who are immigrants, international, and/or undocumented, as well as workers and their families.
To declare a sanctuary campus and take action at this time is urgently needed to uphold and move forward with UNT’s Core Values and Four Bold Goals. Among UNT’s core values are Access, Collaboration, Diversity, and Engagement.
In accordance with the spirit of solidarity at the core of these goals, we ask you to use the university’s prominence to help our undocumented students and communities, and we demand the following actions:
1) Issue a public statement immediately proclaiming the university’s commitment to the protection and support of all students in its community, regardless of immigration status, religion, national origin, race, ethnicity, sexuality or gender identity;2) Guarantee privacy of students and staff/faculty by refusing to release information regarding the immigration status of our students, staff and community members;3) Refuse to cooperate with federal authorities during attempted deportations or immigration raids on campus by: a) Forbidding any enforcement agency, such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), to come on campus to do immigration enforcement without warrants. b) Refusing ICE/CBP physical access to all land owned or controlled by the University; c) Prohibiting campus security from inquiring about or recording an individual’s immigration status or enforcing immigration laws and participating with ICE or CBP in actions;4) Denouncing hate speech on campus directed toward immigrants, people of color, women, and LGBTQ students and employees, and promote a safe community on our campus in the following ways: a) Strengthen all existing networks in place for reporting violent incidents; b) Prohibit campus security from inquiring about or recording an individual’s immigration status, enforcing immigration laws or participating with ICE/CBP in actions.5) Advertise and make available confidential counseling services for undocumented and DACA students;6) Assign an administrative office with the responsibility for counseling undocumented and DACA students on their educational situation in order to provide the following services: a) Accurate legal advice to students that would prevent an interruption to their coursework, internships, and study abroad experiences;b) Provide/employ on-campus Mental health professionals who have cultural competency in working with politically marginalized communities and trauma-related issues of familial separation and the chronic threat of deportation;c) Trainings for University staff to help them develop the tools necessary to initiate conversations on how to better support and work alongside undocumented immigrant students;7) Advocate at the state level for in-state resident tuition rates for undocumented and DACA students who have qualified previously, take concrete actions to safeguard the visa status and financial aid for international students and include DACA recipients and students who are undocumented in all merit, university, and diversity initiative scholarship eligibility;8) Prohibit housing discrimination on campus based on immigration status;9) In the event of student arrest, imprisonment, and deportation, or in the case of student reluctance to travel to/or appear on campus, put in place arrangements for the online continuation of their courses so that they may complete their degree programs.10) And of course while these demands are tailored to the UNT campus specifically, we encourage the administration of both UNT and TWU to work closely with Mayor Chris Watts as these issues being discussed are not limited to University students.
We support President Smatresk’s affirmation of diversity and his call for unity expressed through his administrative announcement and at the Unity forum. Our list of demands provides concrete actions and practical steps to honor the commitments already made to our university community.
Students and faculty around the country have made their schools sanctuaries. Let us join the list of universities that are taking this same step. We encourage you stand with us on the right side of history.
Signed with strength in solidarity,