“Our diversity is among the many things that make us strong. All are welcome here and we support you.”
University of Minnesota Statement on support for non-citizen University of Minnesota community members, November 30, 2016
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler’s statement to the University community in regard to the DACA decision and the University’s stance
September 5, 2017
To the University community,
I am deeply disappointed by the decision today to begin to rescind the Deferred Access for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
Along with my senior leadership team, we are especially concerned for young people registered in the program, many of whom are our students. They were given a promise that they would not be targeted for deportation. Today's decision, while delaying the process, still raises that unconscionable possibility.
Our students who enrolled in DACA are valued members of our University community. Many DACA students have called Minnesota home for most of their lives. As a system, we will do everything possible under law to support them in the face of today's decision. DACA has changed lives and allowed young people to attend college, pursue graduate degrees and launch careers. In their quest to advance their lives and pursue their learning and life goals, these fellow Minnesotans represent what is best about our state and our nation.
I stand with them and urge Minnesota's Congressional delegation to work to extend DACA to protect our students and their families, and to keep the promise of opportunity. Despite today's federal government actions, the Minnesota Dream Act remains a state law that was adopted by the Board of Regents as the official policy for the University of Minnesota system. Students who meet the law's criteria will continue to receive in-state tuition and can apply for financial aid.
This nation and our state need a diversity of talent. In fact, recently the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has been leading a statewide discussion on our future workforce and the needs of our employers. It seems shortsighted to penalize not only students, but our employers, at a time when they and our state are in need of talented and educated workers.
We strongly encourage all students and staff affected by today's DACA decision to contact the Immigration Response Team or take advantage of the resources available on your campus. The team is ready to meet and consult with students who have questions about their immigration status or their situation at the university. Department heads and advisors can also consult with the Immigration Response Team. Faculty and advisors are also encouraged to refer students with concerns to the team for support and consultations.
I will personally monitor this situation carefully and ensure that the resources needed to care for DACA students are available.
Eric W. Kaler
University of Minnesota will participate in Minnesota Dream Act
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (07/17/2013) - The state of Minnesota passed the Prosperity Act as a provision of the 2013 omnibus Higher Education bill, which authorized in-state tuition rates and private scholarship aid at public institutions for Minnesota high school graduates meeting certain criteria. The Prosperity Act, which is referred to publicly as the Minnesota Dream Act, became Minnesota law in July 2013. The Act will serve students immediately, making undergraduate and graduate students eligible for in-state tuition rates as of July 1, 2013. Under the Minnesota Dream Act, eligible students may also be considered for state financial aid.
The University of Minnesota believes that providing college opportunities for young people—especially Minnesota's own high school graduates—serves the public interest by creating a college-educated workforce that promotes Minnesota's economic and cultural development.
The legislation requested that the Board of Regents exercise its constitutional authority to adopt a policy implementing a similar provision for students meeting eligibility criteria. On July 10, 2013, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved a resolution that uses the basis of the new state law for the University's in-state tuition policy and indicates that the University will participate in the Minnesota Dream Act. The resolution extends the benefits of in-state tuition rates and private scholarships to eligible students, regardless of immigration status, to include undocumented students.
"Ensuring equity and diversity are core institutional values at the University. To be an excellent university, the U of M must also be a diverse university that provides access and affordability to all qualified and eligible students. We appreciate the collaboration of our state partners, including MnSCU, the Private College Council, Governor Dayton and state legislators, to help us deliver a world class education to all qualified Minnesota students."
University of Minnesota President
July 10, 2013
August 2013 Update: The Minnesota Dream Act Application is now available.