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A Message from the Vice Provost and Dean About DACA

Prasant Mohapatra, Vice Provost of Graduate Education and Dean of Graduate Studies
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 (All day)

Today, the Department of Justice announced plans to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that provides temporary authorization to work or attend school for undocumented people brought to the United States as children.  

Both University of California President Janet Napolitano and UC Davis Chancellor Gary May released statements early this morning expressing their intent to support DACA students while advocating for a permanent solution that will allow Dreamers to continue to live and work in the United States.

I want to echo Chancellor May and President Napolitano’s statements of support for Dreamers in our community, and remind graduate students that Graduate Studies provides resources and services for all students, including those seeking status. The AB-540 & Undocumented Student Center also offers personalized support to undocumented graduate and undergraduates students, their families and communities in overcoming many of the legal, financial, and professional obstacles they may face along the journey of obtaining higher education.

If you would like to express your concerns regarding today’s announcement or have questions regarding graduate enrollment, funding, or employment, please email us at or stop by at the Office of Graduate Studies in Mrak Hall.

As stated in our Principles of Community, UC Davis is unwavering in its commitment to serving the needs of a global society comprising all people and a multiplicity of identities. We will continue to stand in firm support of our students.

Prasant Mohapatra
Vice Provost, Graduate Education
Dean, Graduate Studies

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