Message from the President

A message from President Brown about Supporting Our DACA Students

Dear North Seattle College Students,

Since our founding nearly 50 years ago, we have welcomed students from all backgrounds and held firmly to our belief that education be open, equal and accessible to any student who enters our doors. Because we are an open access institution, we serve all students and therefore believe in supporting all students. We stand by that belief today, and we will for the next 50 years and beyond.

In light of recent federal immigration changes, including Tuesday’s announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA program), I’d like to share information that might be helpful for you:

1. What is NSC doing to ensure we meet our mission?

  • I am stating that NSC is a “learning sanctuary,” where students are free to pursue freedom of inquiry and expression knowing that what they say or do is not connected to place of birth, or citizenship. A student’s status is not and should not be a limitation to his or her success. The college will never voluntarily release any information about the background of our students to any governmental agency.
  • NSC has joined with other presidents in the SBCTC system to call for the President’s support of DACA. NSC has also joined with all of the Washington State public and private colleges and universities asking for DACA students to be supported. NSC is a member college with the American Association for Community Colleges and I serve as a councilmember. AACC also has been organizing efforts to support DACA students.
  • NSC’s Diversity Inclusion Council for Equity (DICE) is establishing a DACA committee to establish practices that can assist our students.
  • Despite campus space and fiscal limitations, NSC will establish a welcome/multicultural center.
  • NSC is a finalist for the MESA program, which will serve underrepresented students in STEM programs

2. What systems are in place at NSC?

  • NSC Campus Security has not, and will not, collect information about nationality.
  • NSC Campus Security has not, and will not, choose to participate with Immigration Officers seeking student records.
  • NSC, as other state community colleges, continues to provide Need Grant Financial Aid regardless of being a documented or undocumented student.
  • NSC has not, and will not, require information about citizenship for college admissions

3. What resources are available to students who might be fearful about their immigration status?

  • The college cannot endorse any organization; however, one of the more popular resources is the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. They host a variety of DACA Forums, including a free “educators” symposium on September 18th. For a list of on campus and off campus resources that might help our students, please visit the college’s webpages created for undocumented students.
  • Be engaged on campus. For instance, on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m. in the old cafeteria, we will have Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson to speak on campus. No matter your political affinity, please come, be informed and get engaged on what legal tactics Washington State might use towards Federal Government rules.
  • All students are encouraged to persist towards their academic goal. One of the best protections against an uncertain political and employment environment is to get your credential in the U.S. U.S. higher education credentials are still seen globally as very prestigious.

Over the coming weeks and months, North Seattle College will continue to utilize and refine our campus resources to serve our DACA students. Our college has served as a North Star for thousands of students each year who entrust us for their education. It is a privilege that we hold dear and one we will uphold no matter how the political landscape changes. We stand by all of our students.



Warren Brown, Ed.D.

President, North Seattle College

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