Webinar: Hanging in the Balance: The Future of DACA and the Dreamers

Wes community, in order to continue to understand your rights under the changing immigration policies coming our of Washington, I encourage you to register for this important and timely webinar (free to register).

Hanging in the Balance:
The Future of DACA and the Dreamers

Click here to register/view
A discussion with:

Janet Napolitano
President, University of California,
and former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and Governor of Arizona

Donald Graham
Cofounder of TheDream.Us; Chairman, Graham Holdings;
and former CEO and Chairman, The Washington Post Co.

Ike Brannon
President, Capital Policy Analytics; Visiting Fellow, CATO Institute; former Chief Economist for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Republican Policy Committee, and Congressional Joint Economic Committee; and former Senior Economist, Office of Management and Budget

And moderated by:
Doris Meissner
Senior Fellow and Director, U.S. Immigration Policy Program, MPI
Friday, January 27, 2017
2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET

Migration Policy Institute
1400 16th Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036
No registration is necessary to view the livestream.

Since 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has provided a two-year renewable reprieve from deportation and eligibility for work authorization to more than 750,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the United States as children. Known as Dreamers, many are studying at U.S. colleges and universities or working legally in jobs throughout the U.S. labor market, and what will happen to these individuals is unclear as Donald Trump takes office.

On the campaign trail, Mr. Trump pledged to terminate DACA on day one of his presidency. Since then, he has said he would “work something out” because Dreamers have worked and attended school in the United States but face an uncertain future. Meanwhile, leaders in a number of sectors have mobilized strong opposition to a possible rollback.

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers from both parties have reintroduced the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act to maintain protection from deportation and work authorization to DACA recipients. In communities across the United States, officials are declaring or reaffirming their intent to limit their cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. In higher education, administrators are declaring their campuses will be sanctuaries for students who may fear immigration enforcement.

As the Trump administration assumes office and the impacts of rescinding DACA are under review, join the Migration Policy Institute for a discussion with University of California President Janet Napolitano; Donald Graham, former Chairman of The Washington Post Co. and cofounder of TheDream.Us, which is funding scholarships for thousands of unauthorized immigrant students; and Ike Brannon, Visiting Fellow at the CATO Institute, and author of the just released study “The Economic and Fiscal Impact of Repealing DACA.”

For more information call 202-266-1929 or emailevents@migrationpolicy.org

Additional Information on Campus Immigration Issues

Dear Wesleyan Community,

Please avail yourselves to the briefing/FAQ document produced by the American Council on Education, which  contains vital information on the current issue of undocumented status in higher education and the campus sanctuary movement.

Furthermore, as Wesleyan develops long-term resources to address the needs of DACA students, and students from mixed-status families, I encourage you to take advantage of the confidential resources in CAPS and ORSL, as well as the following legal resources:

Connecticut Legal Services of New Britain runs a DACA hotline: 860-798-0671

Immigration Law Help and the Immigration Advocates Network provide a nationwide clearing house of legal support, given immigration laws and removal proceeding are inherently complex and are best served by local legal assistance.

A standing committee of key operational offices (financial aid, class deans office, academic affairs, international student services, public safety, residential life, CAPS, center for community partnerships, admissions, legal, office of spiritual & religious life, communications, office for equity & inclusion) at Wesleyan have begun meeting in order to provide granular clarity to available resources and opportunities to continue to develop critical competencies in the service of students, staff, and any faculty potentially at risk due to their immigration status. You should direct questions regarding the committee directly to me.

As a reminder, we are planning on  bringing back elements of the C4D team to conduct a focused 2-hour workshop for Wesleyan educators. Thus far, only four individuals have signed-up. If you’re interested, please sign up here.

As questions arise, have confidence that a network of support has always been in place and will become increasingly visible on the issue of immigration status. Please don’t hesitate to contact the OEI staff, who are here to serve as a resource and sounding board for continued community engagement.

With gratitude,
Antonio Farias
VP for Equity & Inclusion/Sec. 504 & Title IX Officer

Resources to help you support undocumented students

Dear Colleagues,

On the issue of supporting undocumented students, I’d urge to consider the resources provided by CT Students for a Dream (C4D), the undocumented student-run organization we brought to campus November 4th to have just the kind of conversations and address the concerns being raised on this list serve.  Over 150 educators and experts from around Connecticut were on campus in what, through hindsight, became a just-in-time event.

As educators, you’ll find this link an invaluable resource: http://www.ct4adream.org/educator-resources

Both Student Affairs and OEI are open to brining back elements of the C4D team to conduct a focused 2-hour workshop for Wesleyan educators. If you’re interested, please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/y9gLJAcEJB87CCU62

The Office for Equity & Inclusion along with a network of support offices on campus has been discussing the issue of how to create a robust network of support, and build educational competencies to support DACA students since President Roth’s announcement in May.  If you are interested in learning more and being part of the ongoing CT-based network of educators, please indicate your interest in the query form above.

Also, as a reminder, the campus has a wide array of resources and professionals in Human Resources and the Office for Equity & Inclusion,  whose daily work is to combat discrimination, bigotry, and workplace harassment while we work on creating an inclusive educational work environment – we are a phone call, office drop-in, email away.

On the self–service shelf, you’ll find resources here as well: http://equity.wesleyan.edu/2016/11/17/resources-to-combat-discrimination-and-bigotry/

With gratitude,
Vice President for Equity & Inclusion/Title IX Officer

Resources to combat discrimination and bigotry

Dear Wesleyan community,

With the uptick in incidents of bias and harassment on college and university campuses nationwide, a dual concern and deep interest from individuals from marginalized groups for personal and psychological safety, as well as a general desire for sense-making in general has arisen. It is our personal responsibility to continue to educate ourselves and remain firmly committed to Wesleyan’s welcoming and inclusive values, seeking community when needed, challenging our internal biases as necessary, and remaining intellectually and emotionally open the difficult task of building an inclusive community in the face of bigotry and fear-mongering.

The Office for Equity & Inclusion serves as a hub that provides a broad range of prevention and response resources to address these challenges as a community. We don’t have office hours because you are always a priority and we welcome you to stop in, although we do appreciate prior appointments.

We cannot take action to address incidences of bias, hate, and discrimination unless you report.  It’s easy, it’s anonymous if you prefer not to give your name, and it’s only a click away. We take all claims seriously and have strong relationships with law enforcement in the event the incidents rise to the level of criminal behavior.

While we have internal workshops, programing, and interventions we provide, these electronic resources below are just one way you can start to make sense of your own personal challenges and knowledge gaps as you continue to strive to be an ally against all forms of bigotry and hate.

If you have additional resources, stop by, we’d like to sit and speak with you,

Antonio Farias North College 317

Teshia Levy-Grant North College 122

Debbie Colucci North College 112

Patricia Stephenson Gordon North College 318


Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) https://www.wkkf.org/what-we-do/racial-equity/truth-racial-healing-transformation

Advancing the Mission: Tools for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


The Danger of a Single Story


How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race


Race Forward


Southern Poverty Law Center



Hate Crime Laws



Racial Equality Tools


Gender Bias:

Gender Values: Meeting the Challenge for STEM Gender Diversity


Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (TIDES)


Understanding gender bias


Civic Engagement and Diversity:

Research on engaging across different points of view


Diversity & Democracy


Why social equity and justice are hard



True Colors Sexual Minority Youth and Family Services:


Transgender Resources:



Post-Election: Recommendations for School Administrators, Educators, Counselors, and Undocumented Students

Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism, and Interfaith Dialogue:

Interfaith Outreach, Anti-Defamation League: http://www.adl.org/education-outreach/interfaith-affairs/

Connecticut Muslim Coalition:


Yale Center for Faith and Dialogue:



EISC Agenda Meeting #2 and #3

EISC Agenda Meeting #2

October 10, 2016

  1. Review and approve Principals
  2. Review and approve Timeline
  3. Review and approve expansion of committee per timeline workload
  4. Discussion of student volunteer compensation for research
  5. 5 minute talk at Faculty Meeting Tuesdays
  6. Additional student members
  7. What are the parameters for student engagement in the steering committee
  8. Expanding the steering committee to include students


EISC Agenda Meeting #3

October 26, 2016

  1. Review, approve, and publish guiding principles.
  2. Review and finalize stipend for research
  3. Discuss and agree on resource center committee membership, initial tasks, expected outcomes, and timely reporting dates.
  4. Calender remaining EISC meetings, including EISC meeting with student leaders on Nov 10th
  5. Agree on format of meeting(s) with trustees; draft invitation

Equity & Inclusion Steering Committee Meets

The Equity & Inclusion Steering Committee met for the first time to discuss the agenda below.  Please continue to visit this website for timely updates.

Meeting #1

Saturday 24SEPT 8-9am

Boger Hall, rm 111

Present: Janice Naegele, faculty vice chair, Rebecca Hutman, WSA president, Irma Gonzalez, chair of the Board of Trustees’ Campus Affairs Committee, Antonio Farias, vice president for equity & inclusion

Agenda Covered:

– prioritization

– support/staffing of subcommittee(s)

– calendar

– communications plan

– next steps

You can contact the entire steering committee via this email: eisc@wesleyan.edu or click here to add your voice to the process.

Annual Report on Sexual Violence and Next Steps in Promoting Equity & Inclusion

From: Antonio Farias
Date: Friday, September 16, 2016 at 2:36 PM
To: Campus Community
Subject: Annual Report on Sexual Violence and Next Steps in Promoting Equity & Inclusion

Dear campus community,

I write to let you know about next steps in promoting equity and inclusion on our campus that include a new committee structure, an overview of sexual assault on campus in 2015, and efforts to continue the work to diversify our faculty and staff. The President’s Equity Task Force completed its charge and made its recommendations, and now we will build on that momentum. Already we have members of our community working on staff diversity, Title IX, and accessibility. Now a new Wesleyan University Equity & Inclusion Steering Committee is being formed to coordinate these efforts and others such as the Resource Center and the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff.

The Equity & Inclusion Steering Committee is comprised of the vice president for equity & inclusion, the faculty vice chair, the WSA president, and the chair of the Board of Trustees’ Campus Affairs Committee. This Steering Committee will build on the work of the Equity Task Force—including following up on its call to collaborate with students on the Resource Center—report on progress in all related areas, and make actionable recommendations on how to continue to build a more equitable and inclusive campus community where all may thrive. We are eagerly looking for volunteers to work with the Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee. Click here to sign-up now, and please encourage others to do the same.

Reports of sexual violence at Wesleyan decreased in calendar year 2015; you can find the annual report on Wesleyan’s Response to Sexual Violence here. The work is far from done, and we are continuing to improve our support for survivors, as well as our reporting and adjudication procedures. Each and every one of us must strive for a campus free of sexual assault, and I take this opportunity to issue the reminder that all faculty and staff, except those who have confidential status, are required by law to report incidents. While nearly all faculty and staff have undergone a two-hour Title VII/Title IX workshop, our goal is for 100% participation. We continue to update our website as a resource for information on reporting incidents and accessing resources.

Wesleyan is rolling out a new program for opportunity hires that should enhance efforts already underway to increase faculty and staff diversity. We will miss staff and faculty who have recently gone on to other positions, and we will work to ensure that all our employees can flourish here and contribute to the rich living-learning environment that our students count on. I encourage you to visit http://equity.wesleyan.edu/, where you’ll find timely data and communications pertinent to campus climate and culture concerns, including trend lines on employee diversity over the past five years.

Our collective embrace of the work ahead will enable us to build a university where all may succeed, and with that in mind we encourage you to join us for a yearlong conversation on Love and Justice, which will begin with a campus dialogue at Memorial Chapel, September 19th at 4:30 pm, with professor David Kyuman Kim, on the topic of Love & Justice: A Radical Love Approach. RSVP here.

Best wishes this semester,

Antonio Farias

Vice President for Equity & Inclusion/Title IX

What does our workforce look like?

A diverse staff and faculty is only the beginning of a long-term process of ensuring the difference we bring to the workforce is seen as a value-add.  In order for diversity to work, all members of the campus workforce must feel a sense of belonging and that they can thrive professionally and as human beings who can contribute to the educational mission of the university. This data serves as a baseline from which to continue the dialogue.

Click to download work force demographics data

Love & Justice: A Radical Love Approach

Welcome back from what I hope was a productive and rewarding summer. I invite you to join us for an interactive town hall discussion with Professor David Kyuman Kim on the topic of Radical Love, to be held on Sept 19th.  Please encourage colleagues and your students to attend what will be the start of a yearlong conversation around “Love & Justice.”

Warm regards,

Antonio Farias

V.P. for Equity & Inclusion/Title IX Officer


Love & Justice: A Radical Love Approach

Explore the idea of Radical Love and how, if we embrace it, the world will change.

SAVE THE DATE: Sept 19, 2016

Memorial Chapel, 4:30-6 pm

Refreshments and conversation with Prof. Kim to follow immediately after in the Zelnick Pavilion.

Please RSVP by clicking here.

David Kyuman Kim is a teacher, cultural critic, philosopher of religion, and scholar of race, religion, and public life. In 2003, Kim joined the faculty of Connecticut College where he is Professor of Religious Studies and American Studies. He has also taught at Harvard University, Union Theological Seminary, and Brown University. Published widely on religion and public life, political theory, and the Asian American religious experience, Kim is author of Melancholic Freedom: Agency and the Spirit of Politics (Oxford, 2007), and co-editor of The Post-Secular in Question (New York University Press, 2012) and Race, Religion, and Late Democracy, a special issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (Sage, 2011). With John L. Jackson, Kim is co-editor of the Stanford University Press book series RaceReligion.

What is Radical Love?  Read on…

This radical love fosters community and emerges through it. Radical love is a love that gives the benefit of the doubt, that affirms and questions, that holds its skepticism at bay to allow a raw thought to develop, that understands accountability not as a zero sum game, that doesn’t draw lines in the sand, that doesn’t believe in (to borrow a phrase from Edward Said) solidarity without criticism, that understands that rifts can heal and that we need not divide ourselves from one another during that healing. It also understands that there may be moments when toxicity reaches such a level that, out of self-care and self-love, one has to pull back and find new alliances. A radical love can foster and enrich community.” http://www.browndailyherald.com/2015/11/04/rodriguez-on-teaching-radical-love-and-community

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