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A message from Dean Gretchen Ritter regarding DACA

September 4, 2017

Dear Arts Sciences students, faculty and staff,
I want to take a moment to reiterate and endorse President Pollack’s message to the Cornell community regarding the Trump Administration’s announcement to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. I, too, am deeply troubled by this announcement and want all students and faculty in this college to know that we will do everything in our power to support our students during this challenging time. We have dedicated staff in place in the college who are available for consultation.
Students, please reach out to your advising dean ( as we can help you connect with relevant support services. We encourage you to make an appointment or use our AS walk-in clinics (Monday and Thursday, 1:30-4:00 pm). 
Faculty and staff, please note that we have established diversity and inclusions officers in the college should you have any questions. Juliette Corazon ( and Chad Coates ( are available to answer your questions and address your concerns.
On a personal note, I encourage all of us to look out for one another. In our uncommonly diverse college, I guarantee that you know someone who is personally affected by this decision. Cornell’s strength resides in our deep commitment to providing opportunity to talented students from all backgrounds. Our contributions to the broader world owe a great deal to that commitment. 
Students, please know that the College of Arts Sciences stands with you, and Cornell stands with you.  
Gretchen Ritter ‘83
The Harold Tanner Dean of Arts Sciences
Cornell University

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