UW Tacoma Stands With Our DACA Dreamers

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University of Washington Tacoma Chancellor Mark A. Pagano sent the following message to all UW Tacoma students, faculty and staff upon learning of the revocation of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

September 5, 2017

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

By now you likely will have heard that the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will end in six months unless there is legislative action to protect it. UW President Ana Mari Cauce has sent an important message to the UW community that I urge you to read.

Like President Cauce, I want to reassure those of you affected that UW will do everything in its power to minimize the disruption to your lives, work and education.

Last November, a message from President Cauce and Provost Baldasty, and another message from our campus leadership, underlined UW’s and UW Tacoma’s commitment to providing a safe, secure and welcoming environment that protects the privacy and human rights of everyone in our community. Our campus is open to the public, but our long-standing policies do not permit immigration officials to enter UW Tacoma classrooms or our residence hall without a court order. Our campus safety and security officers are not police officers; nonetheless, they do not and will not inquire about immigration status when they interact with people. Tacoma police do not inquire about people’s immigration status.

The decision to revoke DACA will not affect financial aid provided by the UW and UW Tacoma.

UW Tacoma students, faculty or staff who seek individual guidance can find a list of campus resources at our Center for Equity & Inclusion, as well as below. Community resources that may be of help to students enrolled in DACA, should they be needed, are also at the Center for Equity & Inclusion.

We at UW Tacoma are a diverse and tight-knit community. This is a source of pride for us, and it is something that strengthens us to face these recent developments. On our campus and across our university, we have deeply held convictions about equity, inclusivity and social justice. The revocation of DACA has a major impact. We remain committed to being a welcoming campus and will continue to work together to honor these values.


Mark A. Pagano

Campus resources

September 5, 2017
Media contact: 

Mike Wark, Assistant Vice Chancellor for External Relations, 253-692-5771 or mwark@uw.edu