U.S. Jesuit College and University Presidents Release Statement on Undocumented Students
November 30, 2016 — Today, 27 U.S. Jesuit college and
university presidents released a statement on undocumented students, in which
they reaffirmed their commitment “to uphold the dignity of every person, to
work for the common good of our nation, and to promote a living faith that
works for justice.”
As presidents of Jesuit colleges and universities, they wrote that they felt “spiritually and morally compelled to raise a collective
voice confirming our values and commitments as Americans and educators.”
In the statement, the presidents said they would continue
working “to protect to the fullest extent of the law undocumented students on
our campuses; to promote retention of the Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals Program (DACA); to support and stand with our students, faculty
and staff regardless of their faith traditions; and to preserve the
religious freedoms on which our nation was founded.”
The presidents wrote that they hoped their statement would “inspire
members of our University communities, as well as the larger national community,
to promote efforts at welcome, dialogue, and reconciliation among all that
share our land.”
They concluded by saying that they welcome
further conversation and are committed to modeling “the kind of discourse and
debate that are at the heart of our nation’s ideals. And we promise to bring
the best resources of our institutions — of intellect, reflection, and service —
to bear in the task of fostering understanding in the United States at this
particular time in our history.”
Gonzaga University has hired Jacob H. Rooksby, JD, PhD, as the new dean of Gonzaga University School of Law. He will start his term on June 1. Rooksby succeeds Dean Jane Korn, who began her tenure in 2011.
Brother Richard J. Devine, SJ, longtime missionary to Japan, entered into God’s peace in Tokyo April 10. He was 83. Originally a member of the California Province, he transferred to the Province of Japan.
Father Francis “Frank” Goodman Hernandez, SJ, longtime teacher of physics and computer science at Jesuit High School, Carmichael, Calif., entered into God’s peace April 11 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos.
Kate Hannick, a Seattle University junior and economics and public affairs double major, has been named a 2018 Truman Scholar, one of only 59 selected this year by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.
Psychology doctoral student Liliana Campos Ramales won’t graduate for another two years, but she already knows the types of patients she wants to work with as a psychologist – undocumented residents who face constant fear of being discovered and deported.
Gonzaga University will welcome eight new Act Six Scholars to the incoming class of 2022. The urban and community leaders from Spokane and the Tacoma-Seattle area will receive full-tuition, full-need, four-year scholarships as members of the latest Act Six cohort.
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