Establishing a Resource Center to Support our DACA Students
An email from President Denise Trauth to Students, Faculty, and Staff
February 17, 2020
Dear Members of our University Community,
In September 2019, Texas State University began preparing for a ruling in the U. S. Supreme Court case that will decide if the Presidential Order supporting the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, will remain in place to protect DACA students. While we do not know when the Supreme Court decision will be rendered, our university continues to take important steps to provide resources and information to help our students, faculty, and staff who may be impacted.
A critical first step was to create a university DACA Task Force, led by Dr. Jaime Chahin, Dean of the College of Applied Arts, to identify and document current resources and student support services; develop a comprehensive list of initiatives to strengthen our immigration resources and student services; recommend ways we can improve our culture of inclusion; and engage the university community in conversations about immigration issues. The Task Force presented more than 20 recommendations in its November 12, 2019 report; several have already been implemented, including holding a DACA forum on the San Marcos Campus on November 5, 2019, and creating a DACA webpage to address questions and issues.
One of the highest priorities of the Task Force was its recommendation to create a resource center to support our DACA students. I have approved this initiative to begin immediately. It is critical that Texas State provides easy access to resources and information about immigration, and an identifiable space to talk about this issue. The resource center will encompass the work of the many offices, divisions, and departments across the university that already provide student support services related to DACA and immigration. As such, the center will combine existing physical space on the San Marcos Campus with an enhanced network of support services.
Our goal is to strengthen the programs in place while incorporating additional services as needed. We will also work to identify resources that may be required on our Round Rock Campus.
Dr. Stella Silva, Interim Chief Diversity Officer, will facilitate the development of the center, working broadly with a key group of university leaders with expertise in immigration, inclusion, and related academic research.
The resource center will serve as a catalyst for accomplishing other important recommendations made by the DACA Task Force. I want to thank Dr. Jaime Chahin for his leadership, and the dedicated Task Force members for their important and innovative work.
Our goal is to take every opportunity to act on behalf of our Texas State community. I will keep you updated on our progress as we launch the resource center.
Denise M. Trauth