Hartnell reaffirms its support for DACA-protected students

Publish Date: 
Jan 12, 2018

Hartnell College reaffirms its support for DACA-protected students

SALINAS, Calif.   In light of the recent injunction against the Trump Administration’s rescission of the DACA program, Hartnell College reaffirms its support for DACA-protected students.  On February 7, 2017, the Board of Trustees of the Hartnell Community College District adopted Resolution 17:3 - In Support of Undocumented Students and Affirming the Privacy of Student Records.

“Hartnell College remains committed to supporting our DREAMer students in the achievement of their higher education dreams. Through Mi CASA (Center for Achievement and Student Advancement) we will launch a number of activities to support our students during this injunction period,” stated Hartnell’s Superintendent/President, Dr. Willard Lewallen.

Last year Hartnell enrolled 880 students eligible under California Assembly Bill 540 (amended under AB 2000). These DREAMer students are exempt from non-resident tuition and most are eligible for the Board of Governors (BOG) enrollment fee waiver. This represents a 202% increase in AB-540 students since 2010-11. "This dramatic increase is a reflection of the inclusive and welcoming environment that has been created by the faculty, staff, and administrators of the College," added Dr. Lewallen.

It is important to keep in mind that even if changes occur with the DACA program, this will not affect existing California laws that enable eligible Dreamer students to attend college, receive BOG Fee Waivers, and apply for California Dream Act Grants.

In April 2016, Hartnell opened Mi CASA, one of the first DREAMer Centers at a California community college. Mi CASA provides services and support for DREAMer students. Information about services and activities through Mi CASA are available at 
http://www.hartnell.edu/mi-casa-hartnell-college-dreamer-center. For more information, contact Bronwyn Moreno, Director of Student Affairs at bmoreno@hartnell.edu or 831-755-6723.

Hartnell Community College District – established in 1920

The Hartnell CCD serves over 17,000 students annually through its main campus in Salinas, the Alisal Campus in East Salinas, the King City Education Center, and various outreach learning centers throughout the Salinas Valley. Hartnell College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, provides associate degree and certificate programs, workforce-training, courses in basic skills, and prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Hartnell College is recognized for its innovative public and private partnerships that support world-class education for STEM, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities/social sciences, nursing/healthcare, and athletics. We are proud to be the winners of the 2015 Innovation Award for CSin3 – a Computer Science bachelor’s degree in three years.  We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more abou