Meredith College’s strategic plan stresses Quality of Life as one of its six fundamental priorities, focusing on the health and well-being of our immediate college community and the broader and global communities as well. One goal of education—some would argue its finest and most noble—is the power to illuminate and inspire the authentic appreciation and celebration of differences. As a community of scholars, we celebrate that power and seek ways to refine our humanity in the process.
Recent decisions and debates about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) offer an important opportunity for us to examine our claims of care for the health and well-being of all, and in so doing, to check our claims of generosity of spirit and resources. Among us are students who are personally affected by DACA’s rescission, whether because of their own status or that of family and friends. As a community, in fact, we are all affected because these students are part of the Meredith College community. We support them wholeheartedly.
Over the next several weeks and months, our national leaders, who have already voiced bipartisan support for the Dreamers, will make a decision about the future of DACA and its meaning for Dreamers. Let us be clear: that decision is about our future and its meaning for all of us. That upwards of 80% of Americans support the Dreamers and DACA suggests the importance of this matter in confirming who we are. We encourage civil debate, and at the end of the day we encourage our leaders to offer a clean bill with no attachments or riders to dilute the clarity and permanence of the promise to Dreamers.
Meredith College prides itself on active participation in the democratic process. Even more, we pride ourselves on being a family—for most, a sisterhood but for all, a family. We attend to the well-being of our family and extend that attention into our community at large. We do so on a personal and a community-wide basis. In that spirit, let us get all the facts, attend events, advocate for our views, and participate in conversations about the issues. Most of all, may we have the humanity and character to support each other with dignity and grace.
President Jo Allen, ‘80