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 final recommendations of the task force can be found here.

Recomendaciones de la Comisión Presidencial (en español)

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

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Dean Ferruolo addresses the campus community at the President's Forum in December 2016.

Task Force Members

Stephen C. Ferruolo, Dean and Professor of Law

Esteban del Rio, Associate Provost for Inclusion and Diversity

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

Maria Silva, Director of Neighborhood and Community Engaged Partnerships