Dear Members of the Emmanuel Community,
Last December, I wrote to the College community (see below) to express the importance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, established by President Obama in 2012. Today, as elected officials prepare to address the future of DACA, Emmanuel College affirms its strong commitment to this vital and humane policy.
At Emmanuel, we strive to promote an environment of safety, support and opportunity for all students, regardless of background. In addition, we recognize the talents and potential of newcomers to our city and nation, including those who have sought refuge from political or religious persecution or from economic hardship in their home countries. Emmanuel stands with them and recognizes their myriad contributions to the fabric of our communities and society.
Sister Janet Eisner, SND
President Sister Janet Eisner, SND, sent the following message to the College community on December 8, 2016:
Dear Members of the Emmanuel College Community,
As we approach the close of the fall semester, we are experiencing an important moment in the life of our nation. We recognize well that for some members of our community this is also a time of uncertainty about the future.
Consistent with Emmanuel’s policies, and with our commitment to social justice, I have joined presidents of other Catholic colleges and universities in signing a statement in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, issued in 2012. The statement is attached.
This statement reflects Emmanuel’s values:
- We are responsive to the needs of students from diverse backgrounds.
- We encourage informed debate and dialogue on the critical issues of our time, exchanging perspectives freely in a climate of reason, respect and civility.
- We are guided by the values of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the College’s mission, the Catholic intellectual tradition, and the social teachings of the Catholic Church.
We will continue to uphold our commitment to engaging as a College community in listening sessions and dialogue on diversity and inclusion, as well as on national and global events. We will continue to uphold the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects the privacy rights of all our students.
As we conclude the Year of Mercy, we recall Pope Francis’ appeal to “promote a culture of mercy…in which no one looks at another with indifference or turns away from the suffering of our brothers and sisters.”
During this Advent season, may you experience the blessings of Emmanuel, our God with us.
Sister Janet Eisner, SND