NDNU President Judith Maxwell Greig on Non-Renewal of DACA

Statement to NDNU community on federal government’s decision to terminate Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

For Immediate Release (9/6/17)

Belmont, Calif.—President Judith Maxwell Greig of Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) today issued a statement on the U.S. federal government’s recent decision to terminate the DACA program:

Dear NDNU community and students,

This statement is in response to yesterday’s announcement that the federal government will terminate the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months.

We strongly disagree with the decision to refuse to continue the DACA program protections.  We remain strongly committed in our support for all undocumented students, including those protected under this program.

Notre Dame de Namur University stands with students, our community, our state government leaders, and our educational institution partners to continue to uphold the provisions of the California Dream Act and preserve access to higher education and financial aid for all California students, regardless of their immigration status.

In California, DACA status is unrelated to college admission or financial aid. According to Lupita Cortez Alcalá, executive director of the California Student Aid Commission, “California law provides state financial aid resources for Dreamers to attend college and earn a degree—an education enhances the value these students will be able return to their communities.”

Please know that you are valued and protected and we will continue to communicate with our representatives and work with organizations such as the American Council on Education (ACE) and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) to ensure that that our students have access to vital services and the support necessary for them to graduate, contribute to our society, and most importantly, to thrive.

We hope that Congress will make the right decision moving forward and find a bipartisan and permanent solution for DACA families. Consider participating in the groundswell of advocacy efforts with our representatives.

If students need more information or resources, please contact the Dean of Students, Marsh-Allen Smith at masmith@ndnu.edufind resources here on our website, or access the online sources below:




About NDNU

Notre Dame de Namur University is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving approximately 1,700 traditional-aged and adult students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, NDNU maintains a strong commitment to access for diverse populations, academic excellence, social justice and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers a rich variety of undergraduate, graduate and credential programs. The historic, 48-acre campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.ndnu.edu.


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