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CAS Issues Statement on DACA

The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences unequivocally supports DACA students at Penn State University. This support is consistent with our departmental mission as well as principles of diversity and inclusion that the College of Liberal Arts professes. “The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences,” our mission statement begins, “is committed to the study, teaching, and practice of human communication for the betterment of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world.” We believe that this commitment to human communication and the public good obliges us to acknowledge and respect human communication in its full cultural diversity. Our department therefore promotes excellence in the study, teaching, and practice of human communication by working to include and support members of underrepresented groups in our student body.

 

Many campus resources are available for both graduate and undergraduate students directly or indirectly affected by the unfolding presidential actions on DACA. CAS faculty are not professionally trained in matters of immigration law or psychological counseling. But we are committed to helping our students find the best campus offices to advocate for their rights and wellbeing.

 

Undergraduate students should feel welcome to approach our undergraduate officers if you seek services and support in the Penn State system: Lori Bedell (Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies and Departmental Liaison for Student Affairs; 865-0974 or lab41@psu.edu) and Bradford Vivian (Director of Undergraduate Studies; 865-0945 or bjv113@psu.edu). Kirt Wilson, Director of Graduate Studies (865-1985 or KirtWilson@psu.edu) is also available to discuss concerns over DACA especially relevant to graduate students. Our faculty in general, moreover, stand ready to help all CAS students find appropriate resources if necessary.

 

In addition, here is a list of potentially helpful contacts and sources of information:

 

Legal Services:

  • The Affirmative Action Office (814-863-0471) and Student Legal Services (814-867-4388), provide free confidential advice, representation, and referrals.
  • The Penn State Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic (in the PSU Law School) has compiled detailed information on the current status of DACA and immigration law:  https://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/immigration-after-election

 

Counseling Services: