University committed ‘to access for a broad spectrum of students’
Supporting undocumented student success on college campuses has emerged as a complex issue of increasing importance.
This growing population of college students faces unique challenges each day – challenges such as the struggle to fund their education in the absence of federal or state financial aid including work study, the stigma of not having a Social Security card or driver’s license and the ever-looming threat that they or their family will face deportation.
Despite these barriers, undocumented students are successful, both in and out of the classroom on campuses across the nation, including NIU.
Understanding the importance of the recruitment, retention and success of undocumented students, NIU President John G. Peters has commissioned the Presidential Task Force for the Support of Undocumented Students. NIU is viewed by many of its peers as a progressive institution that has already taken important steps to champion the need of this important population.
The development of this task force is a continuation of this commitment.
“Supporting undocumented students has become a critical issue of importance for NIU and all of higher education,” Peters said. “I believe this task force will provide recommendations that reflect progressive and contemporary approaches to supporting undocumented students. Most importantly, this task force aligns with NIU’s commitment to access for a broad spectrum of students and creating a climate of respect for all.