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Friday, July 23, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

We write to you today to reaffirm Colorado College’s commitment to enrolling and educating exceptionally talented students from all backgrounds, including undocumented students and those with legal status under DACA. DACA has enabled thousands of young people to pursue their educations without threat of deportation.  The principles of equity, inclusion, and access are central to CC’s antiracism commitment and at the core of universal human rights.  We will continue to keep DACA recipients and undocumented students centered in our efforts even as these protections continue to be challenged. 
On July 16, 2021, a federal judge in Texas — Judge Andrew S. Hanen — ruled that DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is unlawful, threatening to undermine the security that DACA has afforded so many people. The court ordered that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security can continue to process renewals from DACA recipients but may not approve new DACA applications. 
How does this ruling affect our students and community? For students who currently have DACA there is no change right now. We will do all we legally can to ensure that our undocumented and DACA students continue to have access to a CC education.
Here is a brief outline of the situation for DACA students, as we understand it:
For DACA recipients as of July 16, 2021:
  • If you have DACA right now, you can keep it.
  • If you have a renewal in place, you can keep renewing until further notice.
  • If you have a granted initial DACA application, it is still good.
  • If you have a pending initial application (anything short of fully granted), there is an indefinite freeze on that application.
If you have questions, you can find many answers on our DACA resource page:
We acknowledge that there is a lot of anxiety and mental impact around this issue. If you need support, the diversity, equity, and inclusion team; Butler Center; Counseling Center; Wellness Resource Center; and Spiritual Life are available. Faculty and staff may seek support through the Employee Assistance Program. Please see contact information for all of these resources below.
If you have further questions or concerns, please reach out to either of us.

Rochelle T. Dickey
Dean of Students
Vice President for Student Life
Rosalie M. Rodriguez
Senior Associate Dean of Students, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Director of the Butler Center
Support Resources:

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Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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