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September 6, 2017

Dear Students,

The RCD and its programs welcome you back to Tufts. We hope you will have a productive and enriching year. As many of you are no doubt aware, on September 5th, the first day of our academic year on campus, the Trump Administration took steps to rescind DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). DACA is a program implemented by the Obama Administration and under DACA, eligible immigrant youth who were brought or came to the U.S. as children have been protected from deportation and have received work permits. Approximately 800,000 young people have benefitted from DACA and approximately 8000 of them in Massachusetts. For many “Dreamers” the United States is the only home they know.

In light of this development and in the aftermath of state-sanctioned violence in Charlottesville and the banning of transgender individuals from serving in the US military last month, and earlier this year with the Muslim ban and the removal of water protectors and their allies at Standing Rock, we greet you, the academic year, and our work together with heightened concern. All of these events attest to the ongoing challenges we face to the values of inclusion, equity and respect for all members of society. The RCD holds dear and is committed to uphold the values of equity and justice for all regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, or documentation status.

As the home of Africana, American, Asian-American, Latino, and Colonialism Studies, the RCD is committed to being a space for inquiry, for discussion, for building bridges, and crucially, for respite. As always, we aim to create spaces where we may all learn about and interrogate the inequalities that persist both locally and globally, and where we may all feel supported and valued.

We will hold a community dinner on Wednesday, October 11 (details will be forthcoming), and on Friday, October 13, we will host our annual RCD symposium, dedicated this year to "Queer of Color Criticism and Performance."

We look forward to working with you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if we can be of support in concrete ways beyond our teaching and learning together.

Sincerely yours,

The RCD Directors and Staff

Adriana Zavala (Latino Studies; and Director RCD), Heather Curtis (American Studies), Pawan Dhingra (Asian-American Studies), Lisa Lowe (Colonialism Studies), Adlai Murdoch (Africana Studies), and Cynthia Sanders (Consortium Administrator)