Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In recognition of that milestone, Highline College has joined with Gov. Jay Inslee and other Washington leaders in signing the We Are With Dreamers statement.
According to the Governor’s office, under DACA, more than 17,000 young Washingtonians have been able to study and work in the United States, contributing more than $1 billion to the state economy.
The anniversary gives us the welcome chance to reaffirm our values of inclusion and equity across our communities. We feel this action is especially important now, given the recent acts of violence and intolerance in Charlottesville, Virginia. As a college community, we support all of our students, their families and their communities. We believe that diversity is one of Highline’s greatest assets.
To learn more about Highline’s position on DACA, read the January message from Acting President Jeff Wagnitz.
People representing more than 120 cultures attend classes at the college. With over 70 percent students of color, Highline ranks as the most diverse higher education institution in Washington state. The college’s globally focused environment for higher education provides a natural fit for its diverse community and an important reflection of its core values.