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“Así mismo nos hacemos solidarios con ustedes, hermanos y hermanas migrantes, y continuaremos abogando en su favor para que haya políticas de migración favorables y justas.” — Juntos en el Camino de la Esperanza Ya No Somos Extranjeros, No. 106

“We stand in solidarity with you, our migrant brothers and sisters, and we will continue to advocate on your behalf for just and fair migration policies." — Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, No. 106     

Immigration Reform

ACCU stands with the Catholic Church in supporting comprehensive immigration reform. As its focus, ACCU works to build collaborative networks across Catholic higher education to work toward immigration reform and best support immigrant students at Catholic colleges and universities.

 

Creating Welcoming and Safe Spaces for Undocumented Students

Join us for this February 2, 2018, session, immediately before the 2018 ACCU Annual Meeting. Speakers will animate the challenges and opportunities of serving undocumented students on campus, casting a close eye on the principle and practice of sacred hospitality that is essential in creating welcoming, supportive, and safe spaces for undocumented students at Catholic colleges and universities. Attendees will hear information on how students can feel more connected and learn about best practices being used by Catholic campuses. Joining Catholic higher education specialists in this area will be staff members from CLINIC, an organization created in 1988 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to serve the legal immigration needs of various Catholic organizations. Presenters will discuss ways to access high-quality legal support services, including Catholic legal immigration programs and non-Catholic agencies that serve the immigrant community.

 

10:30 - 10:50 a.m.                                       Welcome

Michael Galligan-Stierle, President, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities


Introduction

Raymond Reyes, Facilitator, Associate Academic Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Gonzaga University

Alexandra Flinn-Palcic, Membership and Meeting Coordinator, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

Michelle Sardone, Legalization Program Director, CLINIC 


10:50 - 11:00 a.m.  Personal Account from Georgetown University DACA Student

11:00 a.m. - Noon                            Keynote Speakers
Principles of Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration
We will discuss how welcoming immigration practices and the principles of Catholic social teaching go hand in hand.
Esteban del Río, Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity, Professor of Communication Studies, University of San Diego 
Darlene Weaver, Professor, Department of Theology, Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Duquesne University 

Noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch: Video Screening from Global Solidarity’s Grant Winner at the Catholic University of America
Maryann Cusimano Love, Associate Professor of International Relations, CUA 
Erin Reckner, Global Solidarity Grant Winner—Student Video, “I Am Migration Campaign.”
The educational goal of this project was to deepen the awareness of CUA students, faculty, and the community to the contributions of migrants and refugees, and to understand CRS' s work with migrants and refugees.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  Facts on Immigration Today
This panel will discuss the very real issues affecting the many immigrants coming to the United States.

Michelle Sardone, Legalization Program Director, CLINIC 

Donald Kerwin, Executive Director, Center for Migration Studies  

William Canny, Executive Director, Migration and Refugee Services, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Moderator: Raymond Reyes, Associate Academic Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Gonzaga University


2:00 - 2:30 p.m.    Break

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.  A. Group discussion of ways that Catholic institutions are strengthening their collective and individual response to the difficulties facing Immigrants and undocumented students on campus

B. Catholic colleges and universities showcase promising practices for immigrants and undocumented students
Panelists will highlight the superb efforts their institutions are making to include and support undocumented students on campus

Donna Carroll, President, Dominican University
Anne Prisco, President, Felician University
Kim LambertyDirector of University and Mission Engagement, CRS University  
Moderator: Raymond Reyes, Associate Academic Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Gonzaga University

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. A. Small group discussions on what promising practices can be applied at your institution

B. Catholic colleges and universities showcase immigration promising practices

Arelis Palacios, Associate Director for Undocumented Students, Georgetown University
Irma Becerra, Provost, St. Thomas University
Sr. Ann Howard, SND, Director of Campus Ministry, Trinity Washington University 
Moderator: Raymond Reyes, Associate Academic Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Gonzaga University

4:30 - 4:45 p.m. How can ACCU be helpful to your institution?

4:45 - 5:00 p.m.               Final Remarks and Closing Prayer

Raymond Reyes, Associate Academic Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Gonzaga University
Kim LambertyDirector of University and Mission Engagement, CRS University 

   

 

Recent ACCU Actions

In January 2017, ACCU expressed its strong opposition to the Executive Order signed by President Donald J. Trump concerning U.S. immigration policy. We stand in solidarity with other Catholic and higher education organizations that recognize the moral obligation of our country to assist migrants, particularly those who are fleeing any kind of persecution.

In November 2016, ACCU released a statement signed by more than 120 presidents of institutions of Catholic higher education, in support of students who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. 

Other Resources

Justice for Immigrants Campaign
A campaign of the U.S. bishops and the U.S. Catholic Church. Help by lobbying with the campaign for just immigration policies.

Catholic Legal Immigration Network
Learn more about this U.S. Catholic agency devoted to securing immigrant rights.

Migration and Refugee Services
Visit the Department of Migration and Refugee Services at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Catholic Relief Services: Migration
Catholic Relief Services University provides resources for college campuses to engage with the topic of immigration.

Information on DACA 

Justice for Immigrants through the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops provides resources for DACA youth and has information on the DREAM Act.