Lewis University’s Continued Commitment to DREAMer Students

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Lewis University’s Continued Commitment to DREAMer Students

Published: June 22, 2020.

We were very pleased with the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program.

The DACA program provides legal protection and work authorization for hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, including large numbers of college students. DACA has positively affected the lives of more than 800,000 DREAMers by making a college degree accessible. 

Lewis’ support of DREAMers remains steadfast. We are very fortunate to have students in the DACA program studying with us and we will continue to work diligently to support them. This includes the new Lewis University Front Door Policy and guidelines for interacting with Governmental and/or Law Enforcement Agents on citizenship status inquiries.

In addition, our partnership with TheDream.US Scholarship fund provides scholarships to qualified DREAMers who enroll at Lewis University. TheDream.US is the nation’s largest scholarship program for undocumented immigrant students who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) authorization status but are not eligible to apply for federal financial aid to support a college education. The generosity of many of our donors combined with our partnership with TheDream.US makes a Lewis education possible for our DREAMer students.

St. John Baptist De LaSalle, founder of the Christian Brothers and patron saint of educators, made it his mission to reach out to those previously denied an education. As part of the global Lasallian network, which today educates more than a million students, we continue his legacy of providing access and opportunity to deserving students.

While this decision is important, we know the DACA program will continue to face obstacles and attempts to eliminate this program. We will continue to advocate with our elected officials on behalf of these students.

Sincerely,                                                                                              

Dr. David Livingston

President                                                                          



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