Task Force Recommendations
Recommendations of Presidential Task Force on the National Immigration Dialogue
Message from Dean Ferruolo, Task Force Chair
Jan. 25, 2017
In response to the national dialogue on possible changes to immigration policy and enforcement, President Harris established in November a task force charged with examining USD’s current activities to support and protect our undocumented immigrant and refugee students, employees and family members, as well as others experiencing marginalization, including international students.
The task force created a broad set of recommendations to support and protect our community that was informed by the voices of our campus community, higher-education associations, community leaders, and peer institutions.
The recommendations are consistent with our vision of setting the standard for an engaged and contemporary Catholic university. The initial recommendations focus on our efforts to “support and protect,” which reflect the reaffirmations and proposals that were set forth in the petition that was presented to the president and the provost by members of our campus community back in November.
We will continue to collaborate with various Catholic, education and social service organizations to make sure the needs of our campus community are being met. USD will leverage its teaching, research and thought leadership to foster dialogue and open forums on our campus and within our local communities on immigration issues that divide us and lead to serious concerns about injustice, intolerance and discrimination.
We will further promote support services on our campus and within our local communities for those who are concerned about their immigration status or feel marginalized.
Our Center for Inclusion and Diversity has been designated as the first place that people can go for advice and referrals. These referrals include the outstanding services offered by our School of Law’s legal clinic, which will provide legal counseling to all of our students and employees with immigration concerns.
The University of San Diego is prepared to mobilize all of its resources as well as those in the legal community to provide legal protection of individual rights and concerns.
I encourage you to review the information and resources featured on this website. The task force will continue to monitor and report on immigration policy and enforcement developments throughout the spring semester in service of our Torero family and local communities.
Stephen Ferruolo, JD, PhD
Dean, School of Law
University of San Diego
Task Force Members
Stephen C. Ferruolo, Dean and Professor of Law
Esteban del Rio, Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity
Kelly Douglas, General Counsel
Melissa Halter, Assistant Vice President, Wellness
Thomas Herrinton, Vice Provost
Everard Meade, Director, Trans-Border Institute
Brad Melekian, Assistant Professor, English
Greg Prieto, Assistant Professor, Sociology
Reyes Quezada, Professor, Learning & Teaching
Jean Ramirez, Professor of Law
National Dialogue on Immigration
Maher Hall 253
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: Have questions? Contact the Center for Inclusion and Diversity at (619) 260-7455