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Sanctuary Campus

Swarthmore College has committed to become a sanctuary campus for undocumented students and community members, affirms President Valerie Smith and Board of Managers Chair Thomas Spock ’78.

“At this moment, when there is a rising national rhetoric of intolerance and acts of hate that threaten people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ individuals, Jews, women, and immigrants, among others, we affirm our protection of these groups, and we affirm our intention to support all students in their quest to pursue their education without government interference,” they wrote in a Dec. 2 campus-wide email. “To the fullest extent of the law, the College will do everything within its power to promote the safety of any member of our community who may face heightened threat.”

In addition to publicly supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (, Smith will also convene an advisory group of students, faculty, and staff to help the College better serve undocumented students and community members.