President Marc Johnson released the following statement to the faculty, staff and students of the University as well as northern Nevada regarding the University's support of DACA students on Friday:
Since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was started in 2012, we have witnessed the critical benefits of this program for our students, and the highly positive impacts on our institution and community. We are proud of all of our DACA students. We want to protect the opportunity for anyone who comes to our University to pursue their dreams through education. We will continue to embrace our mission and support the members of our diverse groups, who are a valued and critical part of our campus community. With reports indicating that DACA may be rescinded, we are affirming our stance that all students who are ready to pursue a higher education are welcome here at the University of Nevada, Reno. We will continue to advocate for DACA's continuation with our representatives in Washington, D.C. Earlier this week a number of our student-centered programs and divisions met to discuss what we can do now given this latest threat to DACA. The past several days have been very stressful for our DACA students and their families, as they have been dealing with a high level of uncertainty. The University of Nevada, Reno values our DACA students, and we are here to advocate for them and stand with them.
Marc A. Johnson