Important Message from Chancellor and SCC/SFCC Presidents Regarding Executive Order
Posted: 2/2/2017 1:22:56 PM

Last Friday President Trump signed an executive order that bans some refugees and immigrants from entering the United States and there are many questions about what the Executive Order means.

At Community Colleges of Spokane, we want to let you know that consistent with our Board of Trustees adopted CCS values, mission and vision “to develop human potential; transform lives and uplift humanity,”  all students are welcome:   our international students, immigrant students, students who are undocumented, and students covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, are welcome here. We also want to emphasize that we value and respect our students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds, ethnicities and faiths.
While we cannot provide legal advice, we are sharing this attached PDF from the Washington State Attorney General – Labor and Personnel Division - that outlines the current understanding of the situation. Current students from the affected countries, or others who are concerned about difficulties returning to the United States, may want to consider delaying any international travel to ensure they can maintain participation in their courses.
CCS will stay informed about federal and state directives and seek legal counsel as appropriate.  Please know Community Colleges of Spokane continues to adhere to the following:

Accept undocumented students. Students, regardless of their immigration status, are welcomed to apply here or any public or private university in the State of Washington. Read here for SCC. Read here for SFCC.

Access to financial aid. In 2014, Washington passed the “Real Hope Act” (also known as the “Dream Act”) with overwhelming bipartisan support. The act gives qualified undocumented students the right to attend college in Washington, along with access to state financial aid.

In addition, the districtwide Chancellor’s Directive states that we “will not tolerate harassment and/or discrimination of any kind.” We continue to direct everyone to treat others with respect and dignity and to accept nothing less in return.
Diversity, equity and respect for all people are part of what Community Colleges of Spokane stands for in our community. We remain dedicated to providing a safe, secure and positive learning and work environments.  I know we will work together to ensure all students and all employees inspire the best in each other.
 With the utmost respect to all,

Christine Johnson, Ph.D.
Chancellor, CCS
D. Ryan Carstens, Ed.D. 
President, SCC
Janet Gullickson, Ed.D.
President, SFCC

Posted: 2/2/2017 1:22:56 PM by Gretje Witt
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