President Hillman Joins Presidents Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, Calling on Congress to Pass Legislation Protecting Dreamers

Oakland, CA—December 12, 2017

Today, Mills College President Elizabeth L. Hillman, along with over two dozen distinguished American higher education leaders of public and private universities and university systems, liberal arts colleges, and community colleges launched the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. The Alliance, which represents hundreds of thousands of students, faculty, and staff from institutions across the United States, will work collectively to improve how colleges and universities address immigration-related matters affecting their campuses. Additionally, it will support adoption of best practices on campuses, and work in a unified manner to communicate the need for federal and state policies that create a welcoming environment for immigrant, undocumented, and international students.

 “An immigration policy that advances global understanding and promotes access and equity for students is essential to our mission at Mills College,” said President Hillman. “I am honored to be part of an alliance of college and university leaders who will build partnerships that can both accelerate our understanding of immigration policy over the long term and seek an immediate legislative solution for the Dreamers, whose fearlessness has inspired all of us.” 

With the urgent threat that DACA recipients are currently facing, the first undertaking by the Alliance and its member presidents will be to urge Congress to protect Dreamers with permanent legislation as soon as possible. A letter previously issued and signed by more than 700 college and university presidents, urges Congress to protect DACA recipients

The Founding group of presidents and chancellors and the institution they lead include: Leon Botstein, Bard College, NY; Sylvia Burwell, American University, DC; Angel Cabrera, George Mason University, VA; Nancy Cantor, Rutgers University-Newark, NJ; Noelle Cockett, Utah State University, UT; Shirley Collado, Ithaca College, NY; Michael Crow, Arizona State University, AZ; José Luis Cruz, Lehman College, CUNY, NY; John J. DeGioia, Georgetown University, DC; Christopher Eisgruber, Princeton University, NJ; Mark H. Erickson, Northampton Community College, PA; Drew Faust, Harvard University, MA; Jane Fernandes, Guilford College, NC; Elizabeth Hillman, Mills College, CA; Kent Ingle, Southeastern University, FL; Paula Johnson, Wellesley College, MA; Elizabeth Kiss, Agnes Scott College, GA; Thomas LeBlanc, George Washington University, DC; Dorothy Leland, University of California - Merced, CA; Patricia McGuire, Trinity WashingtonUniversity, DC; Diana Natalicio, University of Texas - El Paso; TX, Eduardo Padrón, Miami Dade College, FL; Bart Patterson, Nevada State College, NV; Lee Pelton, Emerson College, MA; Carol Quillen, Davidson College, NC; M. David Rudd, University of Memphis, TN; G. Gabrielle Starr, Pomona College, CA; and Timothy White, The California State University, CA.

The Alliance is led by a Steering Committee that includes presidents and chancellors Nancy Cantor, Rutgers University-Newark, NJ; Noelle Cockett, President, Utah State University, UT; John J. DeGioia, Georgetown University, DC; Dorothy Leland, University of California -  Merced, CA; David Oxtoby, President Emeritus, Pomona College, CA; Eduardo Padrón, Miami Dade College, FL; and Timothy White, The California State University, CA.

The Alliance’s Founding Statement, Steering Committee, Founding Presidents and Membership can be found at www.presidentsimmigrationalliance.org.

About the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration: The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration is an alliance of American college and university leaders dedicated to increasing public understanding of how immigration policies and practices impact our students, campuses and communities.  We support policies that create a welcoming environment for immigrant, undocumented and international students on our campuses. Learn more at www.presidentsimmigrationalliance.org.

About Mills College

Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. Ranked one of the top-tier regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills is also recognized as one of The Best 382 Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. Since 1852, we’ve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers who take and inspire action. For more information, visit www.mills.edu.