An invitation to talk about DACA

Marvin Chun, Dean of Yale College

September 5, 2017

Dear students,

With this afternoon’s announcement that the Trump administration has rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), I am thinking, as I know many of you are, about the effect that this decision will have on our community. Even though it will take time to understand the decision’s implications fully, it has thrown immediate uncertainty into the lives of our friends and colleagues – and into many of our own. 

I am heartened by President Salovey’s efforts to address this issue at the national level. I am also encouraged by the way so many of you are coming together at this evening’s gathering on Cross Campus at 5:30, which I plan to attend. I do want to create an opportunity for you to share with me your concerns about this decision – whether or not it affects you directly – so I invite you to join me to talk about it tomorrow, Wednesday, September 6, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in SSS 114. I will be asking colleagues who work closely with undergraduates to join me.

I know that many of you are already aware of the many resources that are available to you throughout the academic year, but I do want to remind you to keep them in mind and urge you turn to them if they can help you. The heads and deans of your colleges are among them, and so are your instructors, advisers, counselors, chaplains, and coaches. Remember also the support that the Office of Financial Aid and Yale Health provide, including counseling. Just as President Salovey does, they stand with you.

So do I. I hope that you can join me tomorrow evening.


Marvin M. Chun, Ph.D.
Dean of Yale College
Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology; Neuroscience; Cognitive Science