President's Statement on DACA

Dear IHP Community,

Late this summer, we heard that the White House made the decision to rescind the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. This decision has subsequently impacted the sense of security and inner peace of many of us at the Institute as well as millions across the country. I encourage you to read the thoughtful message sent out on September 7 from Dr. Peter Slavin and Dr. Timothy Ferris from MGH. I echo their comments that we will remain steadfast in our efforts to provide a safe, healthy haven for all.

I have joined 700 other college and university presidents calling for the U.S. to uphold and continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Signatories of the pledge cite both the moral imperative and national necessity of keeping DACA in place: “America needs talent – and these students, who have been raised and educated in the United States, are already part of our national community. They represent what is best about America, and as scholars and leaders they are essential to the future.”

I assure you, the Institute remains committed to a diverse and inclusive environment where all members feel welcome, respected, and have the opportunity to thrive. Any decision that negatively impacts one member of our community affects us all.

Members of the IHP Community can seek help or information from the Employee Assistance Program (available to both students and employees) and Partners for International Professionals and Students. Students can also seek support from the Office of Student and Alumni Services, and employees can get support from the Office of Human Resources.

Please let us know how we can be helpful to you in these uncertain times.

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Paula Milone-Nuzzo, PhD, RN, FHHC, FAAN
President and John Hilton Knowles Professor