News and Events

Recent DACA Decision and Our Response

Dear Cal State East Bay community,

Yesterday, undocumented students received another round of unsettling news as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided to uphold the State of Texas, et al., v. United States (2021) ruling against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. This action creates uncertainty and unnecessary stress for future Dreamers. I denounce this decision and remind our undocumented students and employees that there are many who stand with you. I am hopeful that our nation finds a way to move past political maneuvers to find solutions that are just and permanent.

I’d like to share the statement issued today by CSU Interim Chancellor Jolene Koester. In addition, she, along with University of California President Michael Drake and California Community Colleges Interim Chancellor Daisy Gonzalez, issued a joint statement. Like these leaders, I vow to continue to work with California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Rob Bonta and our students, faculty and staff to advocate for permanent pathways to citizenship so undocumented Californians can pursue their academic and professional goals without fear of deportation.
Here are a few of the services available to our undocumented community members who may need support:

We may not be able to affect decisions in other parts of the nation, but I know that right here at Cal State East Bay, we stand against racial injustices of any kind to support all our students as they pursue their dreams.
Sincerely yours,

Cathy Sandeen
October 6, 2022

President Sandeen's Statement on the July 2021 DACA Ruling

One of the most beautiful traits of our university is the diversity of the Cal State East Bay family. From those who grew up down the street from our Hayward campus to others who sought our university from halfway around the world, the experiences and perspectives every student, faculty and staff member brings to our community makes us more connected, and more steadfast in our commitment to social justice.

I am saddened, frustrated and angry that there are some throughout our nation who do not support, and actually work against, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policies. Last month’s ruling in Texas denouncing the process has put thousands of Dreamers in limbo, as new applications are on hold and many others in progress remain pending. I know this affects some in our Cal State East Bay family, and I can hardly imagine the stress these Dreamers must endure, in addition to the pressures of college life and the unexpected events of this last year.

Our student leaders in ASI denounce this interruption in support for Dreamers, as do I. Our Academic Senate resolved last November to support a coordinator or director in a center to provide resources for these students. Currently, a task force of students, faculty and staff are working to provide recommendations to implement an Undocumented Student Resource Center, as well as dedicated spaces and programming to support more affinity-based students. Their compassion and dedication, alongside that from many in our Cal State East Bay community, gives me hope that we will be guided by what is just, and not what is political.

Support for Dreamers remains an active conversation at the highest levels in our country, and the emerging federal budget has provisions to reconcile this persistent issue. These national discussions are complicated and contentious, but I know that the conversations and actions taking place at our university will be productive and impactful.

If you are aware of Cal State East Bay students, or you are an undocumented student, who need help, the university has academic, social and legal resources. The Cal State East Bay family stands against racial injustices of any kind, and actively supports all our students as they pursue their dreams.


Cathy Sandeen

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White Releases Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on DACA