UW Bothell reaffirms support for undocumented students

I am proud to reaffirm our campus commitment to work for justice on behalf of our undocumented students. Efforts have been led by student Alejandra Perez, along with many other students, staff and faculty who have worked tirelessly to advance this cause.
Today (April 7) is the second annual National Institutions Coming Out Day – an event sponsored by United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. I am proud to take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to access, equal opportunity and social justice.
House Bill 1079 was signed into law in 2003, allowing eligible undocumented students to pay in-state tuition. This legislation was followed by the Real Hope Act in 2014, allowing eligible undocumented students access to financial aid. During this time, UW Bothell has become home and alma mater to many undocumented students and we embrace our responsibility to ensure that all qualified students are welcomed into our university community and receive the support they need to succeed at UW Bothell.
Chancellor Yeigh signed the pledge last year, along with President Cauce. Our campus leadership is reaffirming this pledge and committing to the specific actions below for the 2016-17 year. I ask each of our divisions and departments to review the National Institutions Coming Out Day (NICOD) toolkit and consider making their own specific commitments for the coming year. As a campus, we commit to the following:
National Institutions Coming Out Day Toolkit 2016-17 Commitments
#1 – Participation in National Educator Coming Out Day in November.
#4 – Development of a website for undocumented student resources.
#6 – Post the UW institutional statement in support of undocumented students.
#10 – Convene a team of frontline staff to identify how we can best be of best support to undocumented students as they navigate our campus services.
#24 – Expand mentorship programs to include opportunities for undocumented students.
#25 - Continue our commitment to supporting eligible undocumented students who wish to study abroad.
For more information about supporting undocumented students, and to view the toolkit, please visit United We Dream National Coming Out Day website.
Bjong Wolf Yeigh, Chancellor            
Susan Jeffords,Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs                       
Ana Karaman Vice Chancellor for Administration & Planning               
Phil Akers, Vice Channcellor for Advancement & External Relations