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How is MSU Denver responding to students’ postelection concerns?

Here’s a recap of what’s happened so far and more info on the resources available to you and your students.

By Dan Vaccaro

December 8, 2016

The Auraria Campus was unusually quiet the morning of Nov. 9. A long and contentious election was finally settled the night before, but the result left many students feeling unsettled.

“I’d say it was a mix of disbelief and shock at first,” recalled Gregor Mieder, Immigrant Services program coordinator. “Students were also very worried about the decisions the new administration might make.”

That afternoon students gathered on campus to support one another and process their feelings. In a moving display, students from all backgrounds and walks of life joined hands around the flag pole.

The following day, President Jordan released a postelection message that called for unity. He emphasized the University’s commitment to open, respectful dialogue and a diversity of opinions.

“I also want to assure you that nothing in the national election changes MSU Denver’s commitment to its core values of community, access, diversity and respect, nor does it change our commitment to support all members of our community,” he wrote. “We must also remind ourselves that election rhetoric is a long way from actual policy, and that we hold all members of our community – with or without documentation, regardless of immigration status or religious affiliation – as full and protected members…”

Shortly thereafter, Jordan joined University presidents from across the country in signing the Pomona College letter, a statement in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and undocumented immigrant students. He also signed a similar letter from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Meanwhile, departments across the University collaborated to address student concerns. A tri-institutional DREAMer Resource Day event was held to respond to immigration questions and identify resources available to students on and off campus. An Activism United forum provided opportunities for students to gather and seek guidance on services like counseling and academic support.

The University continues to provide as many resources as possible to students. As of this morning, a new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document was added to the president’s website. The document answers a wide range of questions for students wondering about their future at the University.

If you know a student who is struggling in the aftermath of the election, this Campus Resources document might be helpful. For students with questions about immigration, this document on Colorado Immigration Resources is a good place to start.

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