Update on DACA and Our Continuing Support for Undocumented Students

Elissa Tenny | June 20, 2017

 Dear SAIC Community,

The Department of Homeland Security recently posted guidance on its website, confirming that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will remain in effect until further notice. This program provides certain protections for eligible undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. DACA is strongly supported by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and more than 600 other US colleges and universities, whose presidents joined me in signing a petition last November in support of students participating in the program.

With cautious optimism, I hope that federal officials heed the will of many educators, students, civic and business leaders, and members of the SAIC community by strengthening policies, like DACA, that support this vital, yet vulnerable, population. This position is part of our steadfast commitment to supporting students regardless of their citizenship status, as outlined in my message in December. The best version of our campus, and the country, is one that welcomes and protects the significant contributions artists, designers, and scholars make to our shared society.


Elissa Tenny