Information about DACA

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Information

For more than 160 years, the Marianists have enriched our community, creating a welcoming and inclusive campus. Every person, no matter their faith or background, is treated with respect and openness. The University of Dayton is supported by The Characteristics of Marianist Universities in providing educational opportunities to:

  • educate for formation in faith            
  • provide an excellent education         
  • educate in family spirit          
  • educate for service, justice, and peace and
  • educate for adaptation and change

We benefitted from the all-embracing and universal vision of the Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, founder of the Society of Mary, of educating all people. The Marianist approach to higher education is deeply committed to building community across diversity and promoting the common good (Common Themes in the Mission and Identity of the University of Dayton). We recognize our responsibility to understand and improve the world. This long tradition of the University is supported by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops who have recently stated:

“We strongly urge Congress to act and immediately resume work toward a legislative solution. We pledge our support to work on finding an expeditious means of protection for DACA youth.

As people of faith, we say to DACA youth – regardless of your immigration status, you are children of God and welcome in the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church supports you and will advocate for you."

This page was last updated on October 9, 2017.

This website is intended to serve as an information hub for students and other members of the UD community who have DACA status or who are undocumented. 

Support on Campus

We are here to support you.  Anyone with questions or needing support, please consider the offices and individuals listed below as resources.


Contact Information

Office of Multicultural Affairs

Patty Alvarez, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Affairs: or 937.229.3634

Center for International Programs

Tim Kao, Director of International Student and Scholar Services: or 937.229.2770

Campus Ministry

Crystal Sullivan, Director of Campus Ministry: or 937.229.3369

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Larry Burnley, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion: or 937.229.4073

Human Rights Center

Anthony Talbott, Interim Executive Director of Human Rights Center: or 937.229.3294

Counseling Center (students)


Employee Assistance Program (staff and faculty)

LifeWorks Employee Assistance Program


Immigration Working Group Members

Contact Information

Patty Alvarez, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Multicultural Affairs or 937.229.3634

Amy Anderson, Associate Provost, Global and Intercultural Affairs & Executive Director, Center for International Programs or 937.229.4413

Larry Burnley, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion or 937.229.4073

Yousef Farhat, Human Rights Center or 937.229.3294

Brother Raymond Fitz, S.M., Fr. Ferree Professor of Social Justice or 937.229.5409

Ellen Fleischmann, Professor of History and Alumni Chair in Humanities or 937.229.3046

Miranda Hallett, Assistant Professor of Anthropology or 937.229.2430

Chloé Massie-Costales, Student in Human Rights, Sociology Major, Anthropology Minor 

Samantha Noelle Mayne, Student in International Studies, Peace and Global Studies Major 

Sayeh Meisami, Assistant Professor of Philosophy or 937.229.2809

Financial Aid for Undocumented or DACA Students

The university is committed to supporting undocumented or DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students with financial aid. Visit the Financial Aid for Undocumented or DACA Students website for information regarding common questions related to eligibility.

Latest Developments: DACA

The status of DACA is evolving.  The University continues to monitor the situation closely. Visit this page for updated information and resources.

On September 5, 2017, the United States Department of Homeland Security issued a Memorandum on Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - (DACA).  The memo formally rescinds the June 15, 2012 memorandum that created DACA, and initiated a wind down of the program.

For the University of Dayton community, we want to highlight the following from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website: 

  • DHS will provide a limited, six-month window during which it will consider certain requests for DACA and applications for work authorization, under specific parameters.
  • All DACA benefits are provided on a two-year basis, so individuals who currently have DACA will be allowed to retain both DACA and their work authorizations (EADs) until they expire.
  • The Department of Homeland Security is no longer accepting initial requests for DACA.
  • The following will be adjudicated, on an individual, case by case basis:

- Properly filed pending DACA initial requests and associated appilcations for employment authorization documents (EADs) that have been accepted as of Sept. 5, 2017.
- Properly filed pending DACA renewal requests and associated applications for EADs from current beneficiaries that have been accepted as of the September 5,2017 memorandum,and from current beneficiaries whose   benefits will experie between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 that have been accpeted as of October 5, 2017.

  • Effective September 5, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer approve any new Form I-131 applications for advance parole, seeking travel outside of the United States, under standards associated with the DACA program. Those with a current advance parole validity period from a previously-approved advance parole application will generally retain the benefit until it expires. However, Customs and Border Protection will retain the authority it has always exercised in determining the admissibility of any person presenting at the border. Further, USCIS retains the authority to revoke or terminate an advance parole document (allowing admission to the U.S.) at any time.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security website for additional information.

Congress is expected to provide a legislative solution:

Where can I find more information?
We encourage affected students, faculty and staff to visit the Department of Homeland Security’s FAQ webpage. 

Several non-University resources listed at the bottom of this website may assist individuals in understanding components associated with the federal decision to rescind DACA. Students can call or visit the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) if they have questions and/or to receive support. Faculty and staff should contact the Office of Legal Affairs

Background: DACA

On June 15, 2017, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, after consulting with the U.S. attorney general, signed a memorandum rescinding the Nov. 20, 2014, memorandum that created the program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”), stating no credible path forward to litigate the currently enjoined policy (i.e., DAPA and DACA). 

On Sept. 4, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Sessions sent a letter to Acting Secretary Duke from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security advising that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program should be rescinded and that a wind-down process should begin. DACA was created based on a June 15, 2012, Department of Homeland Security memorandum entitled, “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children.”  

Acting Secretary Duke released a memo on Sept. 5, 2017, entitled, “Memorandum on Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)” that outlined the parameters in which DACA requests would be adjudicated during the wind down process. 

On Sept. 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a press release that noted the letter from U.S. Attorney General Sessions, the memorandum from Acting Secretary Duke, and Frequently Asked Questions document. 

University Reaction and Communications Regarding Support for DACA

WOSU-AM: Dayton Higher Ed Leaders Urge Action for Dreamers (9/6/17)

Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) Statement on the Rescinding of DACA (9/5/17)

  • The University of Dayton along with 1,300 Catholic educators signed a letter to Chief of Staff General John Kelly, urging, “It is a moral and policy failure when our government targets children and young adults who simply aspire to live the American dream. Breaking up families and communities undermines the best values of our nation.”

University statement on announcement DACA will be rescinded (9/5/17)

  • Catholic higher education always has had a special role in educating immigrants and the children of immigrants; our campus is enriched by the many gifts and talents they bring. The order rescinding the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy is deeply concerning to many on our campus and in the Dayton community who are or have family, friends or colleagues affected by this decision. We urge our representatives in Washington to act swiftly to pass legislation that offers a path to citizenship for Dreamers. We will continue to work with national groups to advocate for a solution that is fair to these young people and will best benefit our country.

Dayton Daily News: Area college presidents rebuke Trump administration plan to end DACA (9/5/17)

Dr. Eric Spina, University of Dayton President, tweets his support of Dreamers (9/4/17). 

President Eric Spina’s Blog: From the Heart

University of Dayton Immigration Work Group Established (2/21/17)

University of Dayton #YouAreWelcomeHere Video (2/1/17)

  • The University of Dayton has joined with more than 25 U.S. universities to create welcoming videos for international students. The #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign was initiated in 2016 to encourage universities to create and share welcoming messages. International students from approximately 70 countries add richness and diversity, and bring a global perspective to campus.

Dayton Daily News: Ohio Colleges Push for Protections for Illegal Immigrants (12/6/16)

The Washington Post: Catholic college leaders pledge solidarity with undocumented students (12/2/16)

Catholic Higher Education Leaders Affirm Support of Undocumented Students (11/30/2016)

  • The University of Dayton expressed its support of support of undocumented students along with more than 120 presidents of Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) member colleges and universities.

Pomona College: Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students (11/21/16)

Letter From College and University Presidents Urging Congress to Take Action to Protect Dreamers (10/19/17)

Protocol for Immigration Agent Request for Information

The University of Dayton has protocols in place for responding to government authorities, particularly as such officials engage in immigration enforcement activities. It is important all offices are aware of these protocols. Please share this information with your colleagues and especially with students who work in your office. Information about the protocol can be found here.

Non-University Resources

Because of the unprecedented nature of the situation, the University advises DACA recipients to read and follow more than one trusted source of information. In addition to the information on this webpage, also consider exploring the resources listed below. This information is from official government agencies or established professional associations.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) 

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Welcome Dayton: Immigrant Friendly City


Office of Multicultural Affairs

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