Statement on U.S. Customs & Border Protection participation in a UW Tacoma career fair

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Posted on: February 24, 2020
Posted by: 
Chancellor Mark A. Pagano

Today, Feb. 24, 2020, we notified U.S. Customs & Border Protection that we would not be hosting them at our All Industries Career Fair on Feb. 26.

We made this decision after careful deliberation and welcome feedback from students and faculty.

As a university campus with one of the most diverse student bodies in the U.S., we strive to create an environment that is supportive for all our students. We have students who are immigrants and whose parents are immigrants. And we have students who are interested in learning about career opportunities with a wide range of employers, including the nation’s uniformed services.

We know there will be times when employers request access to our career fairs whom some may regard as controversial. UW Tacoma does not endorse or recommend employers, and the presence of an employer on campus does not imply our endorsement or recommendation.

Our “employer user policy” that all employers must agree to before they are allowed to recruit among our students, whether online or face-to-face, allows us at our discretion to grant or limit an organization’s access to recruit at any time.

In this particular instance, the upcoming presence of U.S. CBP on campus had created significant concern among a number of our students and faculty, who stated very clearly that they would feel unsafe and dissuaded from participating in the career fair. Considering the positive and educational purpose of the career fair, we determined the best course of action was to ask CBP not to participate, and they agreed.