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Press Release: University Leaders Launch Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

December 12, 2017
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The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2017

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Press Release: University Leaders Launch Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland joined over two dozen distinguished American higher education leaders of public and private universities and university systems, liberal arts colleges, and community colleges representing hundreds of thousands of students, faculty, and staff from institutions across the United States in launching the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration , a collective effort to improve how colleges and universities address immigration-related matters affecting their campuses.

The Alliance will support adoption of best practices on campuses, and work in a unified manner to communicate the need for federal and state policies that create a welcoming environment for immigrant, undocumented, and international students.

Leland has long been a vocal proponent of educational access for all students.

“The breadth of support for the Alliance and for Dreamers from higher education leaders across the country underscores the high importance presidents place on the value of educating anyone and everyone with the talent and drive to contribute to our country and the world,” Leland said.

Other founding members include: Leon Botstein, Bard College, NY; Sylvia Burwell, American University, DC; Angel Cabrera, George Mason University, VA; Nancy Cantor, Rutgers University-Newark, NJ; Noelle Cockett, Utah State University, UT; Shirley Collado, Ithaca College, NY; Michael Crow, Arizona State University, AZ; José Luis Cruz, Lehman College, CUNY, NY; John J. DeGioia, Georgetown University, DC; Christopher Eisgruber, Princeton University, NJ; Mark H. Erickson,Northampton Community College, PA; Drew Faust,Harvard University, MA; Jane Fernandes,Guilford College, NC; Elizabeth Hillman, Mills College, CA; Kent Ingle,Southeastern University, FL; Paula Johnson, Wellesley College, MA; Elizabeth Kiss, Agnes Scott College, GA; Thomas LeBlanc, George Washington University, DC; Patricia McGuire, Trinity Washington University, DC; Diana Natalicio, University of Texas - El Paso; TX, Eduardo Padrón, Miami Dade College, FL; Bart Patterson, Nevada State College, NV; Lee Pelton, Emerson College, MA; Carol Quillen, Davidson College, NC; M. David Rudd, University of Memphis, TN; G. Gabrielle Starr, Pomona College, CA; and Timothy White, The California State University, CA.

Leland is also part of the Steering Committee that will lead the Alliance. The committee includes presidents and chancellors Nancy Cantor, Rutgers University-Newark, NJ; Noelle Cockett, President, Utah State University, UT; John J. DeGioia, Georgetown University, DC;David Oxtoby, President Emeritus, Pomona College, CA;Eduardo Padrón, Miami Dade College, FL; and Timothy White, The California State University, CA.

The Alliance’s Founding Statement, Steering Committee, Founding Presidents and Membership can be found at www.presidentsimmigrationalliance.org .

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