On February 20, 2013, the University of MN Graduate & Professional Student Assembly voted unanimously in favor of the Resolution in Support of the DREAM Act.
You can read the resolution here: UofMGraduate School_ DREAMActResolution Spring 2013 (PDF)
Brittany Edwards, President of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, Masters in Public Policy Candidate, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, said that, “As leader of the graduate and professional students at a land grant institution in the 21st Century, we don’t just want undergraduate DREAMers, we want them applying to advanced degrees, to address the grand challenges facing Minnesota today.” Adding that, “Comprehensive implementation of the DREAM Act is a no-brainer. It is an equality and social justice issue for our students at UMN and nationwide, to be able to have the support they need to get an education.”
Alfonso Sintjago, Executive Vicepresident of GAPSA and Doctoral Candidate in CEHD said , “Passing the Dream Act is essential to ensure that every student has an equal opportunity and can contribute to improving the American economy. From personal experience, it was only due to a swimming scholarship that my brother and I were able to realize our goals of attending college in 2002 and 2003. While we were able to succeed and obtain a university degree, many others have been unable to attend college under similar circumstances as they are labelled “illegal.” He added, “I am committed along with other members of GAPSA to helping find ways for youth to achieve their dreams.”
Uriel Rosales, NAVIGATE Executive Director, was present during the vote and said that, “This is what leadership looks like. People who take the time to understand a complex issue and are willing to the what is best for the communities they represent. I thank their willingness to take hard decision and look forward to passing this this year.”
The University of Minnesota joins Augsburg College Day Student Government that in the Spring of 2010 passed a resolution in support of the DREAM Act and Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
NAVIGATE supports the Federal DREAM Act and the MN Dream Act and we are working tirelessly to make both pass this year. If you would like to stay connected to this work, sign-up for updates here: http://bit.ly/WszEpU