Whitman seeks to establish a vibrant community of individuals who are intellectually talented, have the potential to be leaders in and out of the classroom and are from diverse backgrounds both nationally and internationally.
In support of these goals, Whitman strives to protect the security and safety of the members of our community regardless of national origin or immigration status.
In accordance with our existing practice, we will ensure the confidentiality of all student records and will not provide information about any Whitman students to any external group, including law enforcement and immigration officials, without a warrant or a court order.
Resources and Advocacy
Kazi Joshua, Whitman's Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, serves as a resource and advocate for all members of the Whitman community. Please reach out to him directly if you have any questions or concerns relating to your immigration status.
Kazi's office is on the 3rd floor of Memorial Hall. You can contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (509) 526-3018.
News and Information
GAC Drop-In Hours
Monday - Friday, 4-5 p.m.
The Intercultural Center staff will be available at the Glover Alston Center (GAC) for support, solidarity & activism.
If you need additional support, please do not hesitate to reach out to the staff in the Counseling Center.
Aimee Parmley, Associate at Hawkins Law, PLLC
Resources for Foreign Students
- NAFSA.org - Practical Immigration Concepts in a Time of ChangeNational Immigration Law Center The center defends and advances the rights of low-income immigrants. Sign up for e-mail updates
- American Immigration Council - Information center
- ACLU was the lead on helping people at the airport after the recent Executive Order
- ImmigrationLawHelp.org identifies accredited organizations across the country to help immigrants.
- ACE memo on DACA and Sanctuary Campuses
- ImmigrationImpact.org provides an Immigration 101 site that discusses the recent Executive Order
- Economic Data about immigration
Activism Opportunities & Information
- Make Your Voice Heard - How to contact representatives and express your views and concerns.
Immigration Action Bulletin - Concrete actions to protect immigrants--and the information you need to make taking those actions as painless as possible. By Professor Aaron Bobrow-Strain.
Rapid Response Hotline Available
Walla Walla now has a 24/7 ICE activity and deportation rapid response hotline: 509-520-3834. We're still figuring out what responses will look like long-term, but, for now, folks from Hernandez Immigration Law will be staffing the line.
Si usted fue testigo personalmente de actividad de ICE o de agentes de inmigración, o si un miembro de su familia ha sido detenido por ICE en Walla Walla, por favor llame a este número 509-520-3834 para asistencia 24/7.
Washington Law Help
Washington LawHelp is a guide to free civil legal services that provides legal education materials and tools that give you basic information on a number of legal problems, and in some cases, detailed instructions and forms to help you represent yourself in court. You can also locate information on free legal aid programs in Washington, including basic eligibility and contact information. They now have an Immigrant Resource page that includes information on family safety planning, durable power of attorney, temporary custody agreements, and responding to ICE. There is also a link to a free online tool that helps immigrants in the U.S. understand their immigration options and find free legal help.
DACA Update: Current status & options
As of this writing, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is still available and the government is still accepting and approving DACA initial and renewal applications. On February 20, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a memorandum and Frequently Asked Questions implementing the president’s recent immigration executive orders. These materials state that the DACA program remains unchanged. However, President Trump said during his campaign that he would terminate the DACA program. Therefore, the DACA program could end at any time. Also, some DACA applicants could be at risk under some of the other deportation priorities outlined in the executive orders. Here are the latest recommendations on what to do now. A Spanish translation of this document will be available shortly.
February 1, 2017: Announcement
The legal clinic at Yale Law School that is working with the ACLU to fight the Executive Order banning immigration from 7 countries is asking anyone who has experienced issues with Customs and Border Patrol due to the ban -- including anyone getting turned back from boarding flights to the U.S. in other countries, or any other airport intimidation (including US citizens) -- to PLEASE WRITE TO: email@example.com
January 2017: Statement by President Murray
President Murray's response to President Trump's January 2017 order banning entry to the U.S. by immigrants from seven countries.
December 2016: Advisory for DACA students studying abroad
We recently received guidance from the American Council on Education (ACE) regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students studying abroad and traveling outside of the United States. They recommend that all DACA students should make plans to return to the United States prior to January 20, 2017, when the new administration takes office. DACA students should also understand the risks of leaving the country in the coming semesters, and strongly consider making alternative in-country plans. More information is available from ACE in their Immigration Post-Election Q&A.
The College publishes an online directory with students' names, addresses, email addresses, pictures, and phone numbers. A student has the right to withhold their information from these directories and can do so by notifying Bridget Jacobson in the Dean of Students Office, Memorial Building 325, (509) 527-5158.