Dear Students,
 
By now, I hope that you have had a chance to read President Drew Faust’s message to the community about the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This decision affects the entire University, including GSAS, and I am deeply saddened that the Trump Administration has made the decision to terminate support for the “dreamers” who benefit from DACA.
 
GSAS has already reached out to those directly and adversely affected by this announcement. For those seeking more information, the University-wide Undocumented at Harvard website provides links to legal, support, and other resources, including the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. For those who wish to show their support, the Harvard College student group Act on a Dream will host a rally at 4:00 p.m. today on the steps of the Memorial Church.
 
GSAS is the most international school at Harvard, with 34 percent of students coming from countries as near as Canada and Mexico to as far away as Argentina, Kazakhstan, and Singapore. We celebrate our diverse community representing many races, ethnicities, belief systems, nationalities, genders, and sexual orientations. All our students have earned a place here and deserve to achieve their full potential.
 
All best wishes,
 
Emma Dench
Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History and of the Classics

A Message from Interim Dean Emma Dench Regarding DACA