DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
October 28, 2019
To the Pace Community:
Several events in recent weeks—the national climate regarding immigrants, a debate here at Pace University regarding a Career Services announcement, the upcoming oral arguments in the US Supreme Court case regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program—have prompted anxiety and even fear among some students. I want to thank the students and faculty whose voices prompted me and my leadership team to consider and address their concerns, and I want to take this opportunity to highlight and reaffirm our commitment to our students.
To be clear: I firmly believe that all of us at Pace are part of one family. We work best, and we learn best, when we come together as one Pace. In this challenging time, we must continue to work together, learn together, and support one another.
To that end, I want to restate our policies in support of our DACA students.
First and foremost, we are committed to the safety and security of all our students. We stand in support of the DACA program as a path to education for immigrants. The program has served Pace, our community, and our country well. We support immigrant students and their right to achieve their dreams and be a part of the next generation of leaders. And we are members of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, which advocates for DACA students.
Pace staff, including our Safety and Security officers, are not charged with enforcing federal immigration law and do not make inquiries into immigration status. We do not voluntarily disclose the immigration status of any of our students, and in fact that is not information we collect or record. We will disclose information to a government entity only if we must comply with a legal obligation, such as a legally issued warrant or subpoena or a statutory mandate, and even then we will not volunteer any information beyond what is required. We offer information about DACA and resources for DACA students here.
We are also taking some additional steps.
I am pleased to announce that we will shortly be forming an Advisory Committee on Student Services. This committee, which will include student and faculty representatives in addition to student affairs staff, will serve as a resource to ensure that those offices have the benefit and insight of diverse and inclusive voices as they work to fulfill their mandates.
And on Tuesday, November 12, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, together with students and professors from the departments of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies, is hosting a Know Your Rights panel discussion in New York City. It will feature speakers from the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs and Catholic Charities Department of Immigration and Refugee Services. Further announcements will be forthcoming, and I encourage you all to attend.
You can always reach me with questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 12, 2017
As you are aware, an announcement has been made by the federal government regarding phasing out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in March of 2018. Pace University supports all students regardless of their immigration status.
The deadline to renew DACA is October 5, 2017. All students whose DACA status has/will expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 may file to renew their DACA status in time to reach USCIS by Thursday, October 5, 2017 (mailing by that date is not sufficient). There is a renewal fee of $495. Additional information is available here. Students renewing should be aware that there are sites that charge for free forms and provide incorrect advice (such as encouraging people with expiration dates after March 5 to renew). This communication contains a list of legitimate resources. All necessary forms and instructions are available free of charge on the web site, www.uscis.gov by clicking on “Forms.”
Please reach out if you need assistance. The following offices are staffed with those who may be able to assist and guide students as needed:
- Counseling Center:
Pleasantville Campus—Administration Building, 2nd Floor, Phone: (914) 773-3710
NYC Campus—156 William Street, 8th Floor, Phone: (212) 346-1526
- Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs: Offices in NYC and PLV can offer support and connect you with resources in the community including legal help.
- Pace International Office: Pace International can offer support navigating study abroad, but please note, leaving the United States is not advised at this time.
Here is a link to FAQ that address questions on DACA, list available resources, and provide information that reflects our understanding of the current situation.
Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, Dean for Students, Pleasantville
Marijo Russell-O'Grady, Dean for Students, NYC