From Acting Highline College President Jeff Wagnitz (April 20, 2017)
Yesterday, on Highline College’s behalf, I joined with over 1,000 other educational institutions and organizations across the nation in signing the National Institutions Coming Out Day (NICOD) pledge, reaffirming our commitment to the educational rights of immigrants and refugees. An acknowledgement from the organizers is attached. We have participated in previous NICODs in recent years.
Highline’s NICOD pledge will join Highline’s other recent statements — such as “Message to Students: We Remain Committed to You” and “Highline College President Joins Effort for Continuation of DACA” — on the college’s online resource bank for immigrants and refugees. The site includes up-to-date information, resources, referrals, and notice of upcoming events.
Supporting our immigrant and refugee communities, including the undocumented, is in keeping with our values of inclusion and equity. NICOD serves as a reminder to us about the work we do daily: offer all students a safe and welcoming environment where diversity is not only celebrated, but seen as an asset.
Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (CCCIE) builds the capacity of community colleges to accelerate immigrant and refugee success and raises awareness of the essential role these colleges play in advancing immigrant integration in our communities. Our Presidents for New American Success pledge recognizes the direct correlation between immigrant integration and more vibrant communities with higher standards of living and quality of life. With New Americans comprising approximately 25% of the student population, an increased focus on this immigrant population is vital in order for community colleges to meet their completion goals.
Presidents for New American Success agree to support the five underlying tenets and related action steps that are critical to the integration and success of New Americans on their campuses and in their communities.
NOTE: Highline College is a signatory to this pledge.
Statement of Solidarity
Highline College has signed a declaration by the International Rescue Committee statement in support of immigrant and refugee communities in the United States.
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