Messages to the Community

Update on DACA

To the New School Community,

As I wrote to the New School community in September, we have continued to monitor the situation regarding DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. We are heartened that the US Supreme Court temporarily blocked efforts to end DACA but remain deeply concerned by recent setbacks in lower courts and continued gridlock in Congress about preserving this critical program. This impasse threatens the bright futures of hundreds of thousands of smart, creative, committed individuals who have the potential to make meaningful contributions to society.

We stand in solidarity with the Dreamers, who have been raised and educated in the United States and are already part of our national fabric. Together with a community of 600 other colleges and universities around the country, we call for the continuation of DACA. 

As a reminder, The New School does not permit ICE agents on campus nor do we cooperate with them unless compelled to do so by a Court order. We have trained our security personnel, resident advisors, and other staff on how to respond should ICE agents attempt to enter New School buildings. 

Over the past months, our staff in Student Success have helped to provide information and resources for students throughout the university, including information about free or low-cost legal consultations. Students seeking confidential help or referrals to internal and external resources should contact Jennifer Francone, Assistant Vice President for Student Equity & Access, atfranconj@newschool.edu, (212) 229-5300 x3656. Maya Wiley, Senior Vice President for Social Justice, also welcomes any questions or suggestions about more ways we can be responsive to our community on this issue. Maya can be reached at wileym@newschool.edu or (212) 229-5400 x3905.

The New School was founded on principles of honesty and rigor in addressing pressing social questions. Today, we continue to stand up for the diversity that has made The New School, and this country, a better and more just place.  

We stand with our students, no matter their country of origin or their path to The New School.

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