School navigation

The Source

CDI Considering What It Would Mean to Become a Sanctuary Campus

November 16, 2016

Earlier this week President Barry Glassner tasked the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion with investigating the concept of “sanctuary campuses” and how the college might best protect undocumented persons at Lewis & Clark. After the election on November 8, great uncertainty exists across the country about how immigration laws may change or be enforced under a new White House administration.

At scores of institutions–including Lewis & Clark–there are calls from faculty, students, staff, and alumni for colleges and universities to limit cooperation with federal immigration officials. However, the legal and other ramifications from such a stance are unclear.

“I’ve asked Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Janet Steverson to move with speed and care in investigating protocols for supporting and protecting undocumented members of our community. We are committed to the safety and success of everyone in the Lewis & Clark community, and I look forward to the CDI’s advice and recommendations,” said President Glassner.

Update on 11/21/16: Our Commitment to Support Students Regardless of Immigration Status or Religious Affiliation.