Welcoming the Supreme Court’s DACA decision

June 18, 2020

Dear Brandeis Community,

I am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision today preventing the Trump administration from immediately ending DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. You will remember that Brandeis joined other universities in filing a court brief advocating for such a decision.

Every person on our campus is a valued member of our community, regardless of where they were born or how they came to join us. Brandeis has been, and will remain, committed to the safety, well-being, and academic success of all of our undocumented students who enrich our campus and are integral to our community.

While we celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision today, we know that the effort to protect undocumented students must continue. In addition to supporting their ability to stay in the United States and succeed academically, Brandeis will continue to provide our undocumented students with counseling and other resources. If you or someone you know needs support, you can contact Mark Brimhall-Vargas, chief diversity officer and vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion. He can be reached at mbv@brandeis.edu or (781) 736-4411, or you can visit the DEI websitePlease be aware that even though we at Brandeis are working and teaching remotely, these services are still available and can be accessed through email, phone, or ZOOM connections.

Brandeis was founded in opposition to antisemitism and bigotry that kept talented students away from educational opportunities. We will continue to strive to be a safe place for our undocumented students who are learning, working hard, and contributing to this country that they call home.