Message to Academic Affairs faculty and staff from Provost Wente re: DACA resources

Dear Academic Affairs faculty and staff,

We know many of you are deeply concerned about President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. As Chancellor Zeppos shared in his statement today, Vanderbilt opposes this action and is committed to supporting and embracing our students regardless of their immigration status, citizenship or nationality.

If any students should approach you who have concerns about their own citizenship status, we recommend that they contact the Office of Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence. IICC can then refer them to other resources as appropriate.

Inclusion Initiatives & Cultural Competence 
(615) 322-5089
Sarratt Student Center 337

International students with either visa or cultural questions may reach out to the International Student and Scholar Services office.

International Student and Scholar Services
(615) 322-2753
Suite 109 Student Life Center
310 25th Avenue South

Additional resources for those with related concerns or who may be experiencing distress, as well as news and events related to this issue, are available on our website, These include links to events and other resources being offered both on our Vanderbilt Campus and in our Nashville community.

Vanderbilt Law School, La Alianza and the Immigration Law Society will be hosting an academic panel on Thursday, Sept.14, at noon in Flynn Auditorium at the Law School. Conexión Américas is providing support and education related to DACA. We will continue to keep that website updated as new information becomes available.

Please feel free to reach out to any of these offices and to us with any questions or concerns.


Susan R. Wente
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Mark Bandas
Associate Provost and Dean of Students

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