NEWS | September 6, 2017

UC Davis Health response to DACA decision


Equal and open access to education for students of all backgrounds is a core principle of the University of California and UC Davis Health. The White House decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program contradicts our longstanding values, and we join University of California President Janet Napolitano and UC Davis Chancellor May in standing by our Dreamer students as they pursue their higher education goals.

Many of our students are the first in their families to pursue an undergraduate degree, let alone a medical, nursing or public health degree. Because a large number of them go on to serve in rural and underserved areas – many in the communities in which they were raised – the DACA decision also adversely affects countless patients and families who need their care. Supporting our Dreamer students also supports our patients, and is vital to creating and sustaining a system of culturally appropriate care for our state’s diverse population.

We call on Congress to quickly devise a solution to keep the DACA program and protect all Dreamers. We fully support all of our undocumented School of Medicine and School of Nursing students, and reinforce our commitment to helping them pursue their education goals.

Lars Berglund, M.D., Ph.D.
Interim Dean, School of Medicine
Professor of Medicine
Associate Vice Chancellor for Biomedical Research
Vice Dean for Research
Heather M. Young, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Dignity Health Dean's Chair for Nursing Leadership
Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing
Dean and Professor, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Thomas S. Nesbitt M.D., MPH
Interim Vice Chancellor, Human Health Sciences
Associate Vice Chancellor, Strategic Technologies and Alliances
Director, Center for Health and Technology