HCC President Signs Statement in Support of DACA Program
Howard Community College President Kate Hetherington has joined nearly 600 college and university presidents and chancellors in signing the Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and Undocumented Immigrant Students. The presidents call for DACA to be upheld, continued, and expanded, citing the “national necessity” of supporting DACA students. The statement also speaks to the contributions of DACA students, who enrich campuses and local communities. The statement and the listing of presidents who have signed are available on the Pomona College website.
In addition, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), which represent the presidents and trustees of the nation’s 1,108 community colleges, sent a joint letter to President Donald Trump urging that he maintain the DACA program. The associations called the program “of vital importance” for providing educational pathways to students.
The letter continued, “As open access institutions, community colleges serve students from all walks of life, and that diversity contributes to greater unity in the communities that we serve. It is a core part of our mission to provide opportunity to all students, and DACA helps support that mission.”
To read the joint letter from AACC and ACCT, visit the AACC website.
Howard Community College has taken additional steps to express support and share information with DACA, Maryland Dream Act, and undocumented students. Monitors around campus are carrying a message letting students know they are welcome and to seek out Patty Bylsma and her team for assistance and support. An email message was also sent to the students to invite them and their families to contact her for assistance and support services. The spring email to all students will carry a similar message. For students seeking assistance, Patty Bylsma and her team are located in The Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall (RCF), Room 242.
Educating and supporting students continues to be the college's utmost priority. Dr. Hetherington and her leadership team will continue to listen to student concerns and evaluate how best to meet the needs of students, the college, and the community.