“As a university located in our nation’s capital and animated by our Catholic and Jesuit identity, we are called to support all of our students, including our undocumented students. These young women and men demonstrate an extraordinary passion to make America, and our increasingly interconnected world, a better place. Here at Georgetown, we are dedicated to creating a context where they can succeed, free from constraint or limitation.”
-John J. DeGioia, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT
As a Catholic and Jesuit institution, Georgetown University values the dignity of all members of the university community, regardless of immigration status. We are a university in the heart of the nation’s capital and believe in educating the whole person through exposure to different faiths, cultures and beliefs. An estimated 65,000 children born abroad who are not U.S. citizens or legal residents graduate from U.S. high schools each year. As we engage with the impacts of globalization and the responsibilities we have in a new global context, we must, as educators, support all of our students, including those who were born abroad.
The university is committed to supporting undocumented students and the unique challenges they may face, and has convened a working group of representatives from a variety of offices across campus:
- Campus Ministry: Rabbi Rachel Gartner
- Cawley Career Education Center: Beth Harlan
- Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS): Dr. Angelo Rivero Santos
- Center for Multicultural Equity & Access: Angel Garcia, Devita Bishundat and Arelis Palacios
- Center for Social Justice: Jessica Lee
- Department of Performing Arts: David Molk
- Georgetown College: Dr. Stefan Zimmers
- Georgetown Scholarship Program: Corey Stewart
- Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor: Juan Belman
- LGBTQ Resource Center: Shiva Subbaraman
- McDonough School of Business: Daniela Brancaforte
- Office of Residential Education: Kas Bryant
- Office of Student Financial Services: Kevin Mahaney
- Office of Undergraduate Admissions: Jaime Briseño
- School of Foreign Service: Michael Volk
- School of Medicine: Dr. Susan Cheng
- School of Nursing and Health Sciences: Stephon Hamell
To learn more about support for undocumented students, or if you know of students needing support, please contact the UndocuHoyas email address at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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These inspiring Georgetown students are representative of approximately 23,000 DACA recipients in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Nearly half of all DACA recipients are in school or pursuing a college degree, and will work in various professional industries across our nation, in service to their campuses and communities. #ProtectDreamers