On Thursday September 21, 2017, Bakersfield College held a community forum to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the future of Dreamers. The free public forum topics included:
The DREAM Act is the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, a package of state laws that grants access to financial aid benefits to students brought into the United States when they were under the age of 16, who do not have proper visas/documentation, and who have attended school on a regular basis and met other in-state tuition & GPA requirements.
Community colleges, a truly great American invention, is a part of what makes America the greatest country on earth.
We at Bakersfield College serve our community as it is, embrace diversity in all its forms, and believe that every person has a right to access quality higher education. We believe that education has a positive impact on individuals and builds economically vibrant and healthy communities. We at BC will continue to uphold our commitment to a quality higher education to all of the students we serve.
The announcement today from Washington DC in regards to the DACA program has had an impact on our campus.
We, at BC will continue to provide support to all of our students including the 800 undocumented students. Our classrooms, just like the communities we serve, are integrated with young adults having dreams for a bright future. To them I say, Bakersfield College is and always will be a place of hope, transformation, diversity, acceptance, and dreams.