Madison College faculty and staff,
The current uncertainty surrounding the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has created anxiety for DREAMers at Madison College and colleges across the nation.
Madison College joins with the American Association of Community Colleges and American Council on Education in standing firmly in support of DREAMER students. Our college’s mission focuses on providing open access to quality education that supports individual success and strengthens our communities.
Madison College practices inclusiveness in our classrooms and student services, particularly for our communities of color, immigrants, and other underrepresented populations. We prepare our students to engage in a world with increasingly diverse workplaces, customers, and neighbors. Our role is to continue to meet the needs of all students who enter the doors of our campuses and ensure that every student is provided the support necessary to achieve their dreams.
The Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, led by Vice President Lucía Nuñez is located in AB148J. Her office is available to assist individuals with questions and direct students to appropriate community resources.
The Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement is scheduling immigration information sessions in the next few weeks to discuss developments pertaining to DACA. It is anticipated that a website will be created to provide updates about DACA events and resources. Dates and times for sessions about DACA will be published in Madison College Matters as well as the Intercultural Exchange in Room C1430A at the Truax Campus. You may also contact the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement at 608-246-6434 for the schedule of sessions. Notice of information sessions will also be posted at each of our campuses and made available through student and staff e-mail.
Madison College will continue to be part of the dialogue surrounding DACA and advocate with other colleges and universities for a permanent solution that allows students to take advantage of our learning opportunities while contributing to economic and community development across Southcentral Wisconsin.
Though these times are challenging, I believe we will find strength in our communities and partnerships that will support our DREAMER students moving forward.
Jack. E Daniels, Ph.D
Published September 8, 2017.