In light of recent news, the Steering Committee has released the following statement on behalf of CGSU.
On Tuesday September 5, the Trump administration announced its decision to halt the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era initiative protecting young undocumented immigrants from deportation. This reversal, as CGSU and others see it, is yet another manifestation of the current political climate of poorly concealed white supremacist, nativist, and anti-immigrant sentiments, but is also rooted in a long history of institutional exclusion and structural inequality. CGSU condemns the termination of DACA, stands in solidarity with enrolled individuals and undocumented communities, and vows to offer whatever support we can to ensure their well-being. In a letter sent out to the Cornell community yesterday, President Pollack reiterated the University administration’s commitment to fulfilling the founding motto, “any person/any study,” and mobilizing multiple resources to defend impacted students. CGSU commends the University’s move of providing support and urges President Pollack to continue rigorously building a more democratic and inclusive Cornell. CGSU, in its efforts to advance the rights and interests of graduate workers and the larger community, encourages the University to consistently uphold this spirit of diversity and inclusion, and looks forward to working together in implementing a fairer, more respectful, and democratic Cornell.
The CGSU Steering Committee
Ethan Susca, Administrative Liaison
Jaron Kent-Dobias, Communications & Outreach Chair
Jesse Goldberg, GPSA Liaison
Josh Savala, Grievances Chair
Danny Rosenberg Daneri, Membership Coordinator
Ethan Ritz, Organizing Chair
Aubrie James, Secretary & Legal Affairs Chair
Ela Correa, Research & Contract Chair
Sampreety Gurung, Treasurer
Lindsay Mercer, Treasurer
Zifeng Liu, Unity Chair