We live in a United States that is vastly different than in years past. Many events have changed the political, social and physical circumstances in which students, and the American people, interact and live. Most of these changes are not welcome; they create anxiety, uncertainty and unhappiness.
From the new GOP tax plans to the repeal of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, many students will have to confront many challenges, other than when their next exam is. The Minnesota Student Association recently collected signatures from University of Minnesota staff, urging President Eric Kaler, other University officials and the University community to assist students affected by sudden policy changes enacted at a federal level.
We support this action by MSA and believe the University campus, faculty, students, alumni and beyond should be continually advocating for these students and pushing for protection against radical policy changes. This letter, signed by faculty, promising to accommodate students adversely affected by the DACA repeal, reversal of Temporary Protected Status and the now temporarily legal travel ban should be just the beginning. We urge Kaler to do all he can as president of the University to help these students. This fight has just begun and the University as a community has the responsibility to protect their own.