Utah State University stands strongly in favor of today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that upholds the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program nationwide, and further reaffirms our support for our own valued members of the Aggie Family who are recipients of this important program.
President Cockett long-ago made the university’s position clear when she signed a letter from the Utah System of Higher Education presidents supporting the DACA program and championing its continuance. She confirmed that stance by backing a letter submitted by Peter MacPherson, president of the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities, when the issue went to the Supreme Court last fall for consideration.
We join today with the nation’s land-grant universities – and with many universities ? in hailing this critical victory for our DACA students who enrich this campus in so many ways and who deserve this continuing chance to access the opportunity that is higher education.
Utah State University promises all of its students that they will leave our institution well prepared academically. In addition, and importantly, we also believe that all of our students leave here prepared to become global citizens and leaders who embrace diversity, civic responsibility and human dignity. Nothing captures our commitment to this ideal of fostering a caring community than our continued support for a program such as DACA.
We are living in a time right now of increased tensions nationwide, where civil dialogue and respect for fellow human beings seems at a low point. Our Aggie Family will remain committed to providing safe and welcoming opportunities for all of our students.
Francis D. Galey
USU Executive Vice President and Provost
(NOTE: USU President Noelle Cockett is out of town without cell phone or email service.)