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Faculty are here for all Roadrunners

Faculty members sent out a strong message to all MSU Denver’s undocumented and immigrant students last week – we’ve got your back.

In difficult times, it’s good to know you’ve got people who care about you.

Last week the Faculty Senate, which represents faculty members, passed a strongly worded resolution which publicly underscored their support for every student at the University.

The statement read: “[We] are committed to promoting safe learning spaces that allow for critical thinking, free, informed and engaged dialogue, for all of our students, including our most vulnerable.”

According to Adriana Nieto, PhD, associate professor of Chicana/o studies, the faculty were determined to speak out. She said: “We can’t support our students off campus, but while they’re here, they need to know that faculty care about them and are conscious of their struggles. To the extent we can, we’re supporting their right to a safe, inclusive learning environment.”

Significantly, the resolution states that faculty members will honor their obligations to the Family Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA), which restricts the sharing of educational records and information. The statement reads: “Faculty members will not cooperate with the arrest, interview, search and/or surveillance of any member of the MSU Denver community, without a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena.”

In light of documented acts of violence and hate speech on the Auraria campus, faculty members hope that vulnerable students will find solace in their emphatic show of support.

“Our students are so committed; to hear the emotional stress they’re under is heartbreaking,” Nieto added. “They’ve told us that this commitment from the faculty means a lot.”

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