UC President's Statement on DACA

UC President's Statement on DACA

Earlier today, University of California President Janet Napolitano joined with California State University Chancellor Timothy White and Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor-designate of the California Community College System, in calling upon President-elect Donald Trump to continue the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and allow California and the nation’s DREAMers to continue to pursue their education.  A copy of the letter sent to President-elect Trump is attached.

Immediately following the election, President Napolitano and the chancellors of the ten UC campuses released a public statement re-affirming the University’s absolute commitment to supporting all members of our community and adhering to UC’s Principles Against Intolerance. As the Principles make clear, the University “strives to foster an environment in which all are included” and “all are given an equal opportunity to learn and explore.” 

The University of California will continue to pursue and protect these principles to ensure UC continues to be a welcoming and supportive environment for our undocumented students.

As part of the University’s ongoing response to concerns about the continuation of the DACA program, President Napolitano recently announced that she has formed a working group to develop a systemwide approach to best protect our undocumented students and to fully examine DACA and other immigration issues as they may affect our students and campuses. President Napolitano will also be meeting with the undocumented student coordinators from each of the UC campuses this week to gather their input so that the University’s decisions are informed by the perspectives of UC’s undocumented students.

If you have additional questions and comments regarding the letter sent to President-elect Trump or this issue, please contact

(For press release and/ or article recommend including additional information about the Undocumented Student Initiative including UC President Napolitano announces multi-year support for undocumented students - https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-president-napolitano-proposes-multi-year-support-undocumented-students)

For Hill and federal GRD communications – Associate Vice President for Federal Governmental Relations Gary Falle at (202)974-6319 or Gary.Falle@ucdc.edu

For Federal agency communications –

For immigration advocacy groups:

For Sac and State GRD communications – Interim Associate Vice President Kieran Flaherty at (916)445-9924 or Kieran.Flaherty@ucop.edu

For campus, hospital and lab communications  - Executive Director of Strategic Communications Dianne Klein at (510)987-0254 or Dianne.Klein@ucop.edu

For Regents – UC Office of the President Chief of Staff Seth Grossman at (510)587-6358 or Seth.Grossman@ucop.edu

For UCSA – Jerlena Griffin-Desta, Deputy to the Vice President and Executive Director, Student Services at (510)987-9756 or jerlena.griffin-desta@ucop.edu