Created 9.5.17 — Last updated 3.6.18
As a Christ-centered campus and a community of compassionate peacemakers, we remain deeply committed to our belief of welcoming and caring for the most vulnerable. And we consider the safety and well-being of our students as our greatest responsibility.
Goshen College will continue to:
- Provide a safe place for and protection of all students and employees on our campus.
- Advocate for comprehensive immigration reform and promote the great economic and cultural benefits to this region, indeed, to this country that such reform would provide. We will also continue to support the important DACA provision in U.S. immigration policy.
- Guarantee the privacy of all students as standard practice by refusing to release personal records and information, including immigration status or religion, without a legal search warrant or subpoena and unless there is imminent danger to others that requires it.
- Refuse to aid immigration enforcement with any deportations or raids on our campus in accordance with longstanding rules of engagement, or, in this context, non-engagement by higher education, such as the current Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy allows.
- Affirm the admission and financial aid policies currently in place such that the commitments made to our DACA and undocumented students will remain without change.
- Affirm our policy to not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or any legally protected status.
- Offer confidential counseling services for all students.
Suggested Resources for DACA or Undocumented Students
- Counseling Services: free and confidential sessions with professional counselors, support groups
- Center for Intercultural and International Education
- Coordinates free legal advice and information sessions
- Latino Student Union
- Advisor Rocio Diaz, coordinator of parent and community engagement
- Elkhart County HOPE Network: A network of businesses, churches, educators, non-profit organizations and individuals who are ready to match volunteers and resources with people in our communities who are in crisis related to challenges of current policies and laws. Services could range from help paying legal expenses to transportation assistance.
- Able to help pay the DACA renewal fee of $500 for Elkhart County residents. Contact the Center for Healing and Hope to learn more.
- City of Goshen Mayor’s statement on 9.7.17 (PDF)
- La Casa, Inc.’s immigration services: Local, affordable legal assistance
- National Immigrant Justice Center
- Elkhart-Goshen Sanctuary Coalition: An interfaith group of congregations and individuals standing publicly in solidarity with immigrant families and communities resisting deportation in order to stay together.
- Michiana Immigration Coalition
- Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance