Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

Defending DACA

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are extremely disappointed by President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, thereby denying an estimated 800,000 young people – including students at UCSF – temporary reprieve to work and study legally in the United States without fear of deportation.

In a statement released today, University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano said she is deeply troubled by the decision and called upon Congress to immediately pass bipartisan legislation to “provide a permanent solution for these young people.” She stressed that UC will continue to provide support services to undocumented students and is immediately directing her advisory committee on undocumented students “to determine how best to support and protect University of California students who rely on DACA over the next six months and beyond.” International Students and Scholars Office Director Brian Groves and Jirayut “New” Latthivongskorn, MD Candidate, Class of 2018 and returning member on this council (and also the first Dreamer in the School of Medicine), are the UCSF representatives on this committee. You can read UC President Napolitano’s statement online.

UCSF began enrolling Dreamers across all four professional schools and the Graduate Division three years ago and fully supports UC President Napolitano’s continued leadership in support of DACA students. I share her belief that these students deserve the opportunity to live and learn freely, contributing positively to their communities and the economy, which benefits all Americans.

A core UC tenet is that our strength as a public university stems from a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion, and welcomes and respects every individual regardless of immigration status. At UCSF, we remain committed to our values of diversity and inclusion and will continue our efforts to foster an educational and work environment in which everyone has a chance to achieve his or her potential.

In light of today’s news, we are working quickly to assess the ramifications of President Trump’s decision in order to offer guidance to the Dreamers currently enrolled at UCSF and their families, as well as the faculty and staff who teach and support them.

Alejandra Rincón, assistant vice chancellor and chief of staff for the Office of Diversity and Outreach, and LaMisha Hill, Director of the Multicultural Resource Center, are working closely with the UC Office of the President on issues concerning undocumented students. As more information becomes known it will be posted on and Related resources are listed below, and information also can be obtained by contacting Dr. Rincón at [email protected].

In addition, the University of California Immigrant Legal Services Center, operating out of the UC Davis School of Law, serves the immigration-related legal needs of undocumented and immigrant students in the University of California system. For more information, please contact Paralegal Karina Rocha at [email protected] or (530) 752-7996.

I also encourage you to attend Defending DACA this Thursday, September 7, from 12 noon – 1 p.m. in Cole Hall. Information on this event can be found at


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor


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