FACULTY PETITION

IN SUPPORT OF A SANCTUARY CAMPUS

FOR UNDOCUMENTED MEMBERS OF THE EMORY COMMUNITY

 

February 1, 2017

Dear President Sterk,

 

In light of President-Elect Donald Trump’s campaign promise to begin the deportation of all undocumented immigrants in the US on the first day of his presidency, we the faculty of Emory University urge you to declare Emory a sanctuary campus for all undocumented members of our Emory community.

In keeping with our mission to apply knowledge in the service of humanity, it is our conviction that we must designate our campus as a sanctuary for undocumented students.[1]

To do so is to uphold Emory as a place of safety in which all of its members can pursue higher learning without the fear of discrimination or persecution based on ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, or immigration status.

Inspired by the courageous inquiry of undocumented students at Emory, community partners such as Freedom University, and faculty and staff at Emory, we affirm the following as key considerations in our belief that Emory should declare itself a sanctuary campus:

1. Education is a human right. By declaring Emory a sanctuary campus, we are affirming Emory’s commitment to the internationally recognized human right to education under Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A sanctuary campus is fully consistent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s own policy regarding “sensitive locations” such as schools, places of worship, and hospitals.[2] Human rights are interrelated and interdependent: to allow for the violation of one right is to undermine the ability to protect other human rights, such as the right to freedom of expression and freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention. 

2. Emory took a stand against segregation in 1962. It must do so again. In 1962, Emory paved the way for private universities in the state to admit Black students onto its campuses.[3] As Representative John Lewis reminded us in his commencement speech at Emory University on May 12, 2014, the undocumented immigrant’s struggle is the civil rights struggle of this generation. Given Georgia’s history of segregation of Black students and its modern segregation of undocumented students today, Emory must not retreat from making its ethical values clear at this historical moment. It is time for Emory to take a decisive stand to uphold the human rights and dignity of its undocumented students and to protect them from detainment or deportation while they are on campus.[4]

3. As an ethically engaged institution, Emory must show moral leadership and courage in its policies toward immigrant members of its community. Georgia is one of only three states (including Alabama and South Carolina) to institute an admissions ban against undocumented students in its institutions of public higher education.[5] Georgia is also the only state to implement both an admissions ban and an in-state tuition ban against undocumented students, regardless of their DACA status. Georgia’s three immigrant detention facilities have the highest percentage of deportation rates in the country.[6] The undocumented members of our Emory community have every reason to fear for their safety in this state. We call on Emory leadership to exhibit the necessary courage to grant them sanctuary as valued members of our campus community.

The principle of “sanctuary” is deeply rooted in legal and religious history. It draws on Emory’s own historical affiliation with the United Methodist Church, which along with other churches uses the word to designate a place of refuge for the politically vulnerable. In keeping with our mission statement about our inherited belief that education can be “a strong moral force in both society and the lives of its individual members,” we are proud that Emory changed its admissions and financial aid policy in 2015 and has recruited and admitted academically-qualified undocumented students to our community.

We now firmly ask that you extend our University’s stance of accepting and providing financial aid to academically qualified undocumented students to include a clear policy that upholds their right to study, research, teach, and work without fear of being searched or forcibly removed from campus and protects sensitive information regarding their immigration status.[7]

A growing number of our peer institutions are already taking a stand.

We call on you, President Sterk, both as an immigrant and as a civic leader in the South today, to officially designate Emory University as a sanctuary campus and uphold the human rights of all undocumented members of our community.

 

Signed:

221 Faculty Members of Emory University

 

Amy Aidman, Senior Lecturer, Film and Media Studies, ECAS

Silas Allard, Associate Director, Center for Study of Law and Religion*, School of Law          

Leigh Allen, Lecturer, French and Italian, ECAS

Tanine Allison, Assistant Professor, Film and Media Studies, ECAS

Sari Altschuler, Assistant Professor, English, ECAS

Tonio Andrade, Professor, History, ECAS

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na‘im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, School of Law

Juliette Apkarian, Associate Professor, REALC, ECAS

Levin Arnsperger, Assistant Director, ESL Program, ECAS

Jocelyne Bachevalier, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Psychology, ECAS

Deepika Bahri, Associate Professor, English, ECAS

Angelika Bammer, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature, ECAS

Vaughn Barry, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Christopher Beck, Professor of Pedagogy, Biology, ECAS

Edmund Becker, Professor, Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health

Geoffrey Bennington, Asa G. Candler Professor, Comparative Literature and French and Italian, ECAS

Munia Bhaumik, Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature, ECAS

Sandra Blakely, Associate Professor, Classics, ECAS

John Blevins, Research Associate Professor, Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Daniel Bosch, Lecturer, English, ECAS

Elizabeth M. Bounds, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Candler School of Theology

Marc Bousquet, Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies, ECAS

Susan Bredlau, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, ECAS

Berry Brosi, Winship Distinguished Associate Professor, Environmental Sciences, ECAS

Irene Browne, Associate Professor, Sociology and WGSS, ECAS

Justin C. Burton, Assistant Professor, Physics, ECAS

Patricia Cahill, Associate Professor, English, ECAS

David Carr, Professor Emeritus, Philosophy, ECAS

María M. Carrión, Professor, Comparative Literature, ECAS

Tamara Caspary, Associate Professor, Human Genetics, School of Medicine

Jenny Chio, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, ECAS

Cari Jo Clark, Associate Professor, Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Thomas S. Clasen, Professor, Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Karen Conneely, Assistant Professor, Human Genetics, School of Medicine

Ann Connor, Associate Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Ryan Cook, Assistant Professor, Film and Media Studies, ECAS

Hannah Luke Fenimore Cooper, Associate Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health

Lilia Coropceanu, Senior Lecturer, French and Italian, ECAS

Elizabeth Corrie, Associate Professor, Candler School of Theology

Clifton Crais, Professor, History and African Studies, ECAS

Jonathan K. Crane, Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought, Associate Professor, Medicine and Religion, Center for Ethics

Joseph F. Cubells, Associate Professor, Human Genetics, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine

Leroy Davis, Associate Professor, African American Studies and History, ECAS

Lisa Dillman, Senior Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese, ECAS

Deborah Dinner, Associate Professor, School of Law

Tara Doyle, Senior Lecturer, Religion, ECAS

Mary L. Dudziak, Asa Griggs Candler Professor, School of Law

Erica Duncan, Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine

Astrid Eckert, Associate Professor, History, ECAS

Gregory C. Ellison II, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Candler School of Theology

Michael P. Epstein, Professor, Human Genetics, School of Medicine

Noel Leo Erskine, Professor of Theology and Ethics, Candler School of Theology

Alex Escobar, Senior Lecturer, Biology, ECAS

Dabney P. Evans, Assistant Professor, Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Hernán Feldman, Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese, ECAS

Jennifer Feldman, Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese, ECAS

Shoshana Felman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor, Comparative Literature and French, ECAS

Martha Albertson Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor, School of Law

Joyce B. Flueckiger, Professor, Religion, ECAS

Thomas R. Flynn, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Philosophy, ECAS

Jennifer Foster, Clinical Associate Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Matthew Freeman, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Jia-Chen Fu, Assistant Professor, REALC, ECAS

William K. Gilders, Associate Professor, Religion and Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, ECAS

Sander Gilman, Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences, ECAS and Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine

Jonathan Goldberg, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor Emeritus, English, ECAS

Elva González, Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese, ECAS

Elizabeth Goodstein, Professor, English and the Liberal Arts, ECAS

Jay T. Goodwin, Senior Research Fellow, Chemistry, ECAS

Hilary Gopnik, Senior Lecturer, MESAS, ECAS

Nikki Graves, Assistant Professor in the Practice of Management Communication, Goizueta Business School

Matthew Gribble, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Regine Haardörfer, Research Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health

Anne Hall, Senior Lecturer, Environmental Sciences, ECAS

C. Woodbridge Hickcox, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Environmental Sciences, ECAS

Craig Hill, Goodrich C. White Professor, Chemistry, ECAS

Jim Hoesterey, Assistant Professor, Religion, ECAS

Paul L. Hooper, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, ECAS

Peter Höyng, Associate Professor, German, ECAS

Lynne Huffer, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, WGSS, ECAS

Dilek Huseyinzadegan, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, ECAS

Susan Hylen, Associate Professor of New Testament, Candler School of Theology

Adrian Jaeggi, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, ECAS

Marta Jimenez, Assistant Professor, Philosophy, ECAS

John H. Johnston, Professor, English and Comparative Literature, ECAS

Arun W. Jones, Dan and Lillian Henkey Associate Professor of World Evangelism, Candler School of Theology

Heather Julien, Senior Lecturer, English, ECAS

Walter Kalaidjian, Professor, English, ECAS

David Katz, Assistant Professor, Cell Biology, School of Medicine

Paul Kelleher, Associate Professor, English, ECAS

Sun-Chul Kim, Assistant Professor, REALC, ECAS

James Kindt, Professor, Chemistry, ECAS

Uriel Kitron, Goodrich C. White Professor, Environmental Sciences, ECAS

Ross Knecht, Assistant Professor, English, ECAS

Melvin Konner, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Anthropology and NBB, ECAS

Scott Kugle, Associate Professor, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, ECAS

Daniel LaChance, Assistant Professor, History, ECAS

Gary Laderman, Professor, Religion, ECAS

Ruby Lal, Professor, Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, ECAS

Emmanuel Y. Lartey, L. Bevel Jones III Professor of Pastoral Theology, Candler School of Theology

Lisa Lee, Assistant Professor, Art History, ECAS

Juan Leon, Associate Professor, Global Health, Epidemiology and Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Jeffrey Lesser, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, History, ECAS

Bruce R. Levin, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Biology, ECAS

Karen Levy, Associate Professor, Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Valérie Loichot, Professor, French and English, ECAS

Ben Lopman, Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health

John C. Lucchesi, Asa Griggs Candler Professor Emeritus, Biology, ECAS

Zach Ludington, Instructor, Spanish and Portuguese, ECAS

David Lynn, Asa Griggs Candler Professor, Biology and Chemistry, ECAS

John Lysaker, Professor, Philosophy, ECAS

Kristin Mann, Professor, History, ECAS

Elissa Marder, Professor, French and Comparative Literature, ECAS

Roxani Eleni Margariti, Associate Professor, MESAS, ECAS

Ellen Ott Marshall, Associate Professor, Christian Ethics and Conflict Transformation, Candler School of Theology

Patricia A. Marsteller, Professor of Practice, Biology, ECAS

Stu Marvel, Visiting Assistant Professor, WGSS, ECAS

Hiram Maxim, Professor, German Studies, ECAS

Noelle McAfee, Professor, Philosophy, ECAS

Sara McClintock, Associate Professor, Religion, ECAS

Deborah A. McFarland, Associate Professor, Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Donald McManus, Associate Professor, Theater Studies, ECAS

Sean Meighoo, Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature, ECAS

Linda Merrill, Senior Lecturer, Art History, ECAS

Judith A. Miller, Associate Professor, History, ECAS

Michael Moon, Professor, WGSS, ECAS

E. David Morgen, Instructional Technologist, English, ECAS

Simona Muratore, Senior Lecturer, French and Italian, ECAS

Theresa Nash, Associate Director of Academic Programs, Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Catherine Nickerson, Associate Professor, English, ECAS

David Nugent, Professor, Anthropology, ECAS

Mary Odem, Associate Professor, History, ECAS

Katherine Ostrom, Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese, ECAS

Laura Otis, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, English, ECAS

Mary Lynn Owen, Instructor, Theater Studies, ECAS

Michael Leo Owens, Associate Professor, Political Science, ECAS

Chikako Ozawa-de Silva, Associate Professor, Anthropology, ECAS

Helena Pachón, Research Associate Professor, Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Gyan Pandey, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, History, ECAS

Bobbi Patterson, Professor of Pedagogy, Religion, ECAS

Cynthia Patterson, Professor, History, ECAS

Dawn Peterson, Assistant Professor, History, ECAS

Edward Phillips, Associate Professor, Worship and Liturgical Theology, Candler School of Theology

Kristin Phillips, Senior Lecturer, Anthropology, ECAS

Angela Porcarelli, Lecturer, French and Italian, ECAS

Louise Pratt, Professor, Classics, ECAS

Astrid Prinz, Associate Professor, Biology, ECAS

Jonathan Prude, Associate Professor, History, ECAS

Edward L. Queen, Director, Ethics and Servant Leadership, Center for Ethics

Jose Quiroga, Professor, Comparative Literature, ECAS

Leslie A. Real, Asa Griggs Candler Professor, Biology, ECAS

Velcheru Narayan Rao, Viswewara Rao and Sita Koppaka Professor, MESAS, ECAS

Walter Reed, William Rand Kenan Jr University Professor, English and Comparative Literature, ECAS

Daniel Reynolds, Assistant Professor, Film and Media Studies, ECAS

Christine Ristaino, Senior Lecturer, French and Italian, ECAS

Jill Robbins, Professor, Religion and Comparative Literature, ECAS

Gay Robins, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Art History, ECAS

Thomas Rogers, Associate Professor, History, ECAS

Judith C. Rohrer, Associate Professor Emerita, Art History, ECAS

Karen Rommelfanger, Assistant Professor, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine and Center for Ethics

Jacobus Cornelis de Roode, Associate Professor, Biology, ECAS

Erwin Rosinberg, Senior Lecturer, English, ECAS

Deboleena Roy, Associate Professor, WGSS and NBB, ECAS

Teemu Ruskola, Professor, School of Law

Lars Ruthotto, Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science, ECAS

Eri Saikawa, Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences, ECAS

Mark A. Sanders, Professor, English and African American Studies, ECAS

Tehila Sasson, Assistant Professor, History, ECAS

Ani B. Satz, Professor, School of Law

Ellie R. Schainker, Assistant Professor, History and Jewish Studies, ECAS

Caroline Schaumann, Associate Professor, German Studies, ECAS

Susan E. Shapiro, Clinical Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

George Shepherd, Professor, School of Law

Falguni Sheth, Associate Professor, WGSS, ECAS

Maria Franca Sibau, Assistant Professor, REALC, ECAS

César F. Sierra, Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese, ECAS

Ted Smith, Associate Professor, Preaching and Ethics, Candler School of Theology

Mi-Kyung Song, Professor of Nursing, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Sydney A. Spangler, Assistant Professor, Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, School of Nursing and Department of Global Health

Gina Stamm, Visiting Assistant Professor, French and Italian, ECAS

Aryeh D. Stein, Professor, Global Health and Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health

Devin Stewart, Professor, Arabic and Islamic Studies, MESAS, ECAS

Dianne M. Stewart, Associate Professor, Religion and African American Studies, ECAS

Karen Stolley, Professor, Spanish and Portuguese, ECAS

Dale Strasser, Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Medicine

John Stuhr, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, Philosophy, ECAS

Liv Nilsson Stutz, Senior Lecturer, Anthropology, ECAS

Mandy Suhr-Sytsma, Lecturer, English, Director Emory Writing Center, ECAS

Nathan Suhr-Sytsma, Assistant Professor, English, ECAS

Michael Sullivan, Associate Professor, Philosophy, ECAS

Colin L. Talley, Associate Research Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health

Ana Catarina Teixeira, Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese, ECAS

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Professor, English, ECAS

Rabindra Tirouvanziam, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Joona Trapp, Senior Lecturer, English, ECAS

Donna Troka, Associate Director, CFDE, Adjunct, ILA, ECAS

Allen Tullos, Professor, History, ECAS

Donald Tuten, Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese, ECAS

Miriam Udel, Associate Professor, German Studies and Jewish Studies, ECAS

Eric R. Varner, Associate Professor, Art History and Classics, ECAS

Paul Vertino, Professor, Radiation Oncology, School of Medicine

Liza Vertinsky, Associate Professor, School of Law

Jorge E. Vidal, Assistant Professor, Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Rachel Waford, Research Assistant Professor, Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health

Elaine F. Walker, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience, ECAS

Eric R. Weeks, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Physics, ECAS

John Wegner, Senior Lecturer, Environmental Studies, ECAS

Jessica Wells, Assistant Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Rebecca Wheeler, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Deborah Elise White, Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature, ECAS

William Wilcox, Professor, Human Genetics, School of Medicine

Cynthia Willett, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Philosophy, ECAS

Elizabeth Wilson, Professor, WGSS, ECAS

Steven Wolf, Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Medicine

Paul Wolpe, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics, Director, Center for Ethics

Craig Womack, Associate Professor, English, ECAS

Deanna Ferree Womack, Assistant Professor, History of Religions and Multifaith Relations, Candler School of Theology

Subha Xavier, Assistant Professor, French and Italian, ECAS

George Yancy, Professor, Philosophy, ECAS

Yanna Yannakakis, Associate Professor, History, ECAS

 

 *signing only in personal capacity, not as Director of the Center of Law and Religion

 

 

 

 

[1] Undocumented students include immigrants with or without DACA--Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals--and students living in mixed immigration status households (i.e., having at least one member of the household who is undocumented).

[2] In a memo dated October 24, 2011, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) restricts ICE enforcement actions such as arrests, interviews, searches and surveillance at “sensitive locations,” the first of which are listed as schools. See https://www.ice.gov/doclib/ero-outreach/pdf/10029.2-policy.pdf

[3] Emory filed a lawsuit in March 1962 arguing against a punitive racial restriction to the tax exemption privilege of the University and won at the Georgia Supreme Court on October 1, 1962, subsequently admitting its first Black students.

[4] We have a recent example of this type of leadership from Kennesaw State University President who intervened to stop the deportation of a KSU undocumented student in 2012 after she was stopped by campus police for a minor traffic violation.

[5] In October 2010, the Georgia Board of Regents passed Policy 4.1.6 and Policy 4.3.4, which went into effect in the Fall of 2011. Policy 4.1.6 bans undocumented students from applying to the state’s top five public universities and Policy 4.3.4 prohibits them from qualifying for in-state tuition rates to all public universities. 

[6] “Immigrants at Georgia detention centers are more likely to be deported from the United States than detainees elsewhere. Nationally, 60.3% of detainees were released for deportation in FY 2015. At Stewart Detention Center, 87.1% of detainees were deported upon release. Irwin County Detention Center also exceeded the national average with 75% of detainees released for deportation.” See ICE data for FY 2015 at https://www.splcenter.org/news/2016/08/23/immigrant-detainees-georgia-more-likely-be-deported-detainees-elsewhere

[7] Emory admission officials were recently quoted as having given out numbers of undocumented student applicants and the exact number that enrolled in Fall 2016 in an article dated 5 December, 2016 in The Henchinger Report