A message from Dean Gretchen Ritter regarding DACA

September 5, 2017

Dear Arts & Sciences students, faculty and staff,

I want to take a moment to reiterate and endorse President Pollack’s message to the Cornell community regarding the Trump Administration’s announcement to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. I, too, am deeply troubled by this announcement and want all students and faculty in this college to know that we will do everything in our power to support our students during this challenging time. We have dedicated staff in place in the college who are available for consultation.

Students, please reach out to your advising dean (http://as.cornell.edu/academic-advisors) as we can help you connect with relevant support services and emergency funds. We encourage you to make an appointment or use our A&S walk-in hours (Monday and Thursday, 1:30-4:00 pm) and 

the Latina/o Student Success office walk-ins Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m. and Fridays 1:30-4 p.m.

Faculty and staff, please note that we have established diversity and inclusion officers in the college should you have any questions. Juliette Corazon (jr272@cornell.edu) and Chad Coates (cc2339@cornell.edu) are available to answer your questions and address your concerns.

On a personal note, I encourage all of us to look out for one another. In our uncommonly diverse college, I guarantee that you know someone who is personally affected by this decision. Cornell’s strength resides in our deep commitment to providing opportunity to talented students from all backgrounds. Our contributions to the broader world owe a great deal to that commitment. 

Students, please know that the College of Arts & Sciences stands with you, and Cornell stands with you.  


Gretchen Ritter ‘83
The Harold Tanner Dean of Arts & Sciences
Cornell University


University-wide Services
For assistance and more information, Cornell offers several informational and counseling services and posts updates on immigration-related executive orders

Cornell Law School has set up a program to provide free legal advice to undocumented Cornell students who may wish to consult with a lawyer about the implications of national immigration policy shifts for their immigration status. And a team of law school faculty offer legal assistance in the form of representation for DACA students for which a legal representation fund has been established. For assistance, contact immigrationhelp@cornell.edu or call 607-254-4638. 

Cornell students and scholars with concerns relating to immigration status can always contact the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs (vpia@cornell.edu) or the Dean of Students Office (vp89@cornell.edu).


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