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Advancing Diversity & Inclusive Excellence

Welcome to CME's digital home!

We invite you to use the resources on this site to learn more about our work, and how we can support your understanding and action for the University's commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

Impacts and Resources related to the Ending of DACA

This past year there has been a series of Executive Orders and changes that impact students who identify as international, immigrant, Muslim, undocumented, and DACAmented. The University enrolls, welcomes, and supports all of its members, and will continue to provide services and resources to all members of our community to support their ongoing success.

This website has organized the institutional, local, state and national resources and services available to address the needs that may arise from these ongoing changes. As the University learns more information, we will continue to update this website and encourage those impacted to visit this site and others frequently.

Chancellor's Statement

University Updates, Values, Resources and Practices

Legal Advice and Counsel

The University will continue to provide access to legal counsel through Catholic Charities to help members of our community impacted by the recent decision to end DACA. This includes the opportunity to meet individually with an immigration attorney in a confidential off-campus setting. To access a voucher to utilize these services, please contact the Center for Multicultural Excellence, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, or VIP.

ICE and other Law Enforcement

Members of our community who are concerned about what to do if any local, state or federal law enforcement agent request information about a student, the University reminds our employees that student records are protected by FERPA unless proper documentation requesting such information is provided at which time all agents should be referred to the Office of Campus Safety or the Office of General Counsel. For full details please read the University Official Memo regarding sharing student information.

DU Admission and Financial Aid: Education without discrimination

The University of Denver strives to foster a diverse and welcoming campus community for all students, regardless of background, race or immigration status. As part of that commitment, we welcome and encourage applications from students with an undocumented or DACA immigration status.

Any student who is impacted by the DACA program ending is still fully eligible for admission and fully eligible to receive institutional merit aid. For more details, please visit the Undergraduate Admission site outlining our approach and values. Anyone who still has questions regarding their admission status or future prospects, can contact anyone in the Admission Office or the Office of Graduate Studies.

If a current student has questions regarding their financial aid package and status, they can contact the staff in the Financial Aid Office.

Mental Health and Wellness

All students and employees have access to the University of Denver's Health and Counseling Center and can access their services if they feel the need for such support.

In addition, the Graduate School of Professional Psychology's Trauma & Disaster Recovery Clinic and Professional Psychology Clinic (PPC) at DU provide help to people after adversity with services that honor and expand their strengths and resources. The TDRC assists those in need of psychological interventions to alleviate the effects of traumatic experiences and foster resilience as well as personal, family, and community growth. The PPC is staffed by doctoral students under the supervision of licensed mental health professionals, we offer a broad range of confidential mental health care that is innovative, cutting edge, LGBTQ affirming, and culturally sensitive. Both clinic offers a sliding scale.

Resources

Note that as the University learns more, we will continue to provide additional information and resources.
• What Do I Need to Know If The DACA Program Ends?
How to protect yourself and your family as DACA Ends
Know Your Rights
Scholarships A-Z
Keeping the Dream Alive Conference Resources
• Tips for Surviving in a time of Immigration Uncertainty

 

Responding to Presidential executive order on Refugees, immigrants & visitors

The Trump administration has issued a series of executive orders regarding immigration along with guidance from the Department of Homeland Security purporting to implement those executive orders. We are reviewing those documents and continuing to follow developments closely. Students with needs related to this executive action and how it may affect them and/or their family can reach out to Johanna Leyba and Tracey Peters in the Center for Multicultural Excellence.

On Friday, Jan. 27, President Donald Trump issued a new executive order that bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries – Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen – from entering the United States, even if they hold a second citizenship in any third country. He announced that more countries may be added to the list. The executive order also suspends US refugee arrivals for at least four months, bans Syrian refugees, and will likely prioritize Christian refugees if and when the suspension is listed. Finally, the executive order calls for new, "extreme vetting" of immigrants. What does this mean for members of the DU community? What can students, staff, and faculty do to respond to this new situation?

In addition to ongoing events, here are links to additional resources: Resources Related to Impacts of Presidential Executive Order on Immigration |Resources to Support Immigrants | Diversity Portal events & resources | School of Law resource site | Chancellor's 1/30 statement

DU DIALOGUES

Recognizing the need for such skills and space, the division of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence has formed a new program area, focused on Inclusion and Equity Education. With on- and off-campus partners, we are developing a range of opportunities for the DU community to improve and apply dialogue skills, including:

Of note...

  • Check our Publications page for the latest Diversity Engagement Opportunities (DEO) compilation, Bulletin Boards in a Bag and more.
  • DU has launched a new Diversity Portal, with initial gathering of campus and community resources, events and opportunities to learn and share! Visit www.du.edu/diversity