President's Message: Supporting DACA Students
Dear UHD Faculty, Staff and Students,
The University of Houston-Downtown is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. As an urban institution of higher learning, UHD is acutely aware of the important contributions of students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. The recent statement regarding the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) leaves students with a sense of uncertainty regarding their future in our community.
The announcement from the White House suggests immediately suspending the general application of new deferred action permits while continuing to renew applications for those whose permits are set to expire in the next six months. The six-month phase-out of DACA provides temporary security for those with permits set to expire prior to March 5, 2018. It also affords those same individuals one month to request a two-year extension.
Over the next six months, the University of Houston System which includes the University of Houston-Downtown, will strongly encourage congressional leaders to work toward a legislative solution that permits DACA students to complete their education.
The University of Houston-Downtown has affirmed its commitment to “support all of its students, including those covered under DACA, through any means afforded under law.”
During this time, the University of Houston-Downtown will continue to support its own DACA students with every office, program and resource available. Student success, including that of DACA students, is the highest priority of our institution and we are committed daily to its full and inclusive realization. We will continue to keep the university informed as more is learned.
Additional information for DACA students and families may be found at https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/09/05/frequently-asked-questions-rescission-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca
Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.
U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.