Dr. Greg Salsbury of Western Colorado University - Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is a core value of Western Colorado University. The Board of Trustees and President Greg Salsbury, Ph.D., have endorsed the Statement on Diversity and Inclusion authored and adopted by the Faculty Senate to support and advance campus diversity.

"Western Colorado University takes a firm and unyielding stance in support of diversity and inclusivity."

Western Colorado University has also joined more than 600 colleges and universities in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.

Additionally, Dr. Salsbury and a DACA recipient at Western Colorado University have called on Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO3), Sen. Cory Gardner and Congressional Republicans to sign the Dream Act.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has provided stability and opportunity to undocumented young people who were brought to the United States as children. These young people are gainfully employed or attending high schools, colleges and universities throughout the country including our state of Colorado. As students of these institutions, the Dreamers have and are making significant contributions to their classes, peers and campuses and are productive and contributing members of our communities. In September of 2018, upon learning of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the DACA executive order and encourage Congress to take affirmative action on DACA and all immigration policy issues, we approved and issued an internal communication strongly in support of the DACA students and their need for continued participation in higher education within our state and at our institution. In light of even more recent federal statements concerning the possible elimination of DACA protections and in response to the ever rising concerns of the Dreamers and their supporters, the leadership of Western Colorado University recommits its support to DACA students. Once again we add our voice with those of other institutions of higher learning in Colorado and beyond for DACA students, and our hope is that our national leaders will find a way to continue policies that will allow these DACA students, who aspire to enrich their lives and our communities, to thrive without fear or insecurity, regardless of where they were born, where they consider home or where they hold citizenship. We respectfully urge President Trump and Congress to continue the DACA protections for our students; to allow them to continue to work, study and contribute while a more permanent solution is developed.