Board Issues Statement in Support of Immigrant Students

March 9, 2017

The Whittier College Board of Trustees has issued an official statement directing the administration to adopt the Poet Student Sanctuary Protections Policy.

The Policy is in response to recent and proposed changes to immigration policy that have raised concerns nationwide about the possible negative impact on students who are undocumented, attend college under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, or have family members affected by the policy changes. 

During their winter meeting, the board met with members of senior staff and a group of students to discuss the issue.

“Over the next few weeks, we will work to execute the plan,” said President Sharon Herzberger in a recent email to the campus. “While we must obey all laws and are limited to the steps we can take to provide a safe haven, we can educate ourselves to ensure to the best of our ability that all of our students can live, work, and gain an extraordinary education on this campus.” 

Click here to view the statement.