Message from the Center Director Regarding DACA

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September 5, 2017

Dear UF community,


In light of the Trump administration’s announcement to end the DACA program within the next six months, I wanted to reaffirm the Center for Latin American Studies’ support for undocumented students and staff at the University of Florida. We are committed to the success of all members of our community, regardless of their immigration status, and strive to create a welcoming environment for all students, staff, and faculty members.

If you have DACA recipients in your classes, please reassure them of the Center’s and UF’s commitment to support them in the days ahead and be sensitive to students who may be experiencing increased anxiety. If you feel a student is in distress for any reason, please email umatter@ufl.edu and the Care Team will reach out to the student. Students can also self-refer to the Counseling and Wellness Center at 352-392-1575 or seek support at the office of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs (https://multicultural.ufl.edu) or Student Legal Services (https://www.studentlegalservices.ufl.edu/).

Finally, here is a useful guide for DACA recipients put together by the Immigrant Legal Resource Center: https://www.ilrc.org/sites/default/files/resources/if_daca_ends.pdf.

Once again, I’d like to reaffirm the Center’s continued support to our students, staff, and faculty, regardless of their immigration status.

Regards,

Philip J. Williams

Director and Professor

Center for Latin American Studies
319 Grinter Hall

P.O. Box 115530

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL 32611-5530

Tel: (352) 273-4705

Fax: (352) 392-7682