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Earlham Responds to the Rescinding of DACA

The following is a message to the Earlham community from President's Cabinet in response to the Trump Administration announcement on September 5, 2017, that it will rescind, in six months, the 2012 executive order which established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

DACA allows registered participants who were brought to the U.S. as children to enroll in college, obtain driver’s licenses, and legally secure jobs. Uncertainty about DACA remains. Absent Congressional action, DACA students will lose protections, become subject to deportation, have their movements restricted, and will no longer be able to re-enter the country should they leave. These would be very real impacts for DACA students and for all of us in the Earlham community.

September 5, 2017

All of us on the president's cabinet are very aware that the Trump Administration’s plan to rescind DACA has left many in our community worried and wondering how the College will respond to this change in U.S. Government policy. Our primary focus is always the safety and welfare of students and employees of the College. We value all members of this community, we value diversity and inclusion, and must do all we can to nurture and support one another in times of uncertainty and fear. To that end, we are writing to underscore and clarify how Earlham will respond to this announced change in immigration enforcement:

  1. Earlham will continue the practice of treating any students with DACA status as "domestic students" for purposes of determining financial aid.
  2. Earlham will continue to protect the privacy of all our students and employees, including those effected by this policy change.
  3. Earlham will make housing options available for students concerned about traveling abroad during school breaks. Those interested should contact the Student Life Office.
  4. Earlham employees will not act as federal agents in enforcing immigration policies, but they will cooperate with law enforcement if formal subpoenas, warrants, or court orders are issued.
  5. Earlham will not waiver in our commitment to our educational mission and in our commitment to our students and employees.

Students: if you have questions or concerns, please contact the Student Life Office.

Employees: we encourage you to bring your questions and concerns to any member of the President's Cabinet. 

If you want to know more about how one college president thinks about these and related issues, please attend the Convocation on September 20, where Alan Price will ask and attempt to answer the question, “What is our ethical responsibility when we see injustice?”

As we go through this time of uncertainty, let us remember to support one other and try our best to live those ideals which have brought us together.

Alan Price
Hagi Bradley
Welling Hall
Kim Tanner
Jonathan Graham
Sena Landey
Mike Bergum
Stephanie Bishop
Priscilla Alicea

Earlham Responds to U.S. Executive Order on Immigration, Refugees

The following is a message to the Earlham community from President David Dawson in response to a U.S. executive order on immigration and refugees.

January 29, 2017

On Friday, January 27, 2017, U.S. President Trump signed an executive order that suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocked entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. (The full scope of the executive order could be wider depending on how it comes to be interpreted by government or courts, but this is our current understanding of its principal impact).

This action disrespects the fundamental values essential to Earlham’s character, identity and our basic human values of ethical caring and responsibility and will have harmful consequences for many persons, including many students enrolled at colleges and universities.

Drawing on our institutional statement of values, Principles and Practices, we can make this clear:

  • Earlham College affirms respect for persons; this executive order fundamentally disrespects persons.
  • Earlham College affirms community; this executive order undermines community.
  • Earlham College affirms integrity; this executive order operates as though the persons it targets do not deserve the same presumption and affirmation of integrity extended to others.
  • Earlham College affirms peace and justice; this executive order is blatantly unjust in its unfair targeting of individuals and violent in the profoundly uncaring and demeaning manner in which it pursues its aims.

Earlham Student Government Statement on Executive Order

January 28, 2017

Earlham Student Government (ESG) 2017 is troubled and dismayed by the Executive Order signed by US President Donald J. Trump on January 27, 2017, suspending entry of all immigrants and non-immigrants from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Syria, and Yemen). Such a ban on immigration is unethical and has very real, detrimental consequences for hundreds of thousands of immigrants. ESG 2017 collectively denounces President Trump’s immigration ban, and will work to support Earlham students regardless of national origin or immigration status. We are also dedicated to being facilitators of any discussions that may need to take place, and wish to offer, and foster an environment of, solace and solidarity.


ESG 2017 also urges the Earlham College senior staff and administration, as well as the Board of Trustees, to respond to this Executive Order promptly and in a manner consistent with the Quaker values of our College. ESG 2017 looks to the College’s Principles and Practices for guidance in such a distressing time, and encourages College leadership to do the same. Our founding Principles and Practices of “Respect for Persons,” “Community,” “Integrity,” and “Peace and Justice” seem particularly pertinent in this situation.

ACE Letter to Homeland Security Secretary

January 31, 2017

Earlham President David Dawson and the Presidents of all the Great Lakes Colleges Association member colleges signed a letter from the American Council on Education (ACE) to the Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly on maintaining the United States as the Destination of Choice for Students and Scholars.

“We support efforts to enhance the nation’s security. We also believe that it is in our collective interest to ensure that the United States remains the destination of choice for the world’s best and brightest students, faculty and scholars.


“The roughly one million international students that attend U.S. colleges and universities add to this country’s intellectual and cultural vibrancy, and they also yield an estimated economic impact of $32.8 billion and support 400,000 U.S. jobs, according to recent estimates.”

Affirmation of Support for Community Members Regarding Immigration Enforcement

December 12, 2016

The following is a statement from President David Dawson.

In reaction to the recent national election-related political discussion concerning immigration enforcement, fears and concerns are arising in our community.

The leadership of Earlham College, including the Board of Trustees, would like to explain how the College is responding in this environment and highlight ways in which the College will continue to protect and care for its community members.



In particular, I want to affirm that Earlham will continue to follow our current policy of requiring a warrant before accommodating the actions of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, or other local, state or federal law enforcement authorities, on campus. Furthermore, we will continue to protect student privacy to the fullest extent under the law, and we will continue to provide support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students.

David Dawson Joins College Presidents in Call to Uphold DACA

December 5, 2016

President David Dawson has joined 450 college presidents across the country in signing a statement in support of deferred action on undocumented immigrant students pursuing higher education.

The statement, which comes one month after the U.S. presidential election, calls for the country’s leaders to uphold, continue and expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The American immigration policy, which was started by President Barack Obama in 2012, allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.


"The core mission of higher education is the advancement of knowledge, people, and society,” the statement reads. “As educational leaders, we are committed to upholding free inquiry and education in our colleges and universities, and to providing the opportunity for all our students to pursue their learning and life goals.”

Earlham Responds to U.S. Presidential Election

November 16, 2016

President David Dawson has joined more than 100 college presidents from the Annapolis Group in signing an open letter to President-Elect Donald Trump.

The letter urges Trump to condemn and work to prevent harassment, hate, and acts of violence — forcefully and unequivocally. The Annapolis Group comprises about 130 leading national independent liberal arts colleges that have similar interests and concerns centering on the values of liberal arts education that inform their missions.


In the days following the 2016 presidential election, Earlham College has worked to create spaces for reflection on the election results. The College made a special effort to offer support to those who feel threatened after a particularly divisive election season.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.