Bryn Mawr maintains its policy of non-discrimination in access to education and equal protection under the law, regardless of nationality, citizenship status, or religion. Representatives of the College are lobbying to protect all students and ensure their access to education.
We will continue to update this page.
- Travel and DACA Updates
- College Policies and Practices
- Contacts for Assistance and Support
- Public Statements From or Signed by Bryn Mawr
- Learn More About How Immigration Policy Impacts Children
- Resources for Bryn Mawr Community Members
- Information from Haverford and Swarthmore colleges
Last fall, the White House issued travel restrictions for people from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, as well as increased vetting of citizens of Iraq and some Venezuelans. These restrictions took effect on Oct. 18, 2017.
To date, the Supreme Court has upheld this travel ban.
Students with questions are encouraged to reach out to the contacts listed below.
News Updates on DACA
On April 24, 2018 a judge with the federal court for the District of Columbia ordered that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy operate under the same terms as it did before the White House rescinded the policy on Sept. 5, 2017. The ruling was the third in recent months against the Trump administration’s rollback of DACA. Federal judges in Brooklyn and in San Francisco each issued injunctions ordering that the program remain in place.
Under the terms of this most recent order, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) will continue to process DACA renewals. The court also ordered that USCIS begin accepting new applications for DACA. The order to fully restore DACA will take effect after a 90-day waiting period, unless the Department of Homeland Security provides new and compelling arguments for terminating the program.
- American Council on Education's issue brief (renewal deadline, p. 2; travel advisory, p. 3)
- Read Bryn Mawr College President Kim Cassidy's statement on DACA
- The College will continue its practice of not releasing information about students’ citizenship or immigration status (including information regarding students' visas and Green Cards), unless presented with a subpoena or similar legal requirement.
- As is currently the case, Campus Safety will not be involved with enforcing federal immigration laws, including Green Card and visa issues, nor will they inquire about or record a student’s immigration status when interacting with students. Law enforcement officials seeking to come on campus are expected to check in first with Campus Safety and present a warrant or other enforceable legal instrument.
- The College does not use E-Verify to verify a student's (or staff member's) eligibility to work at the College.
- All of our academic programs will continue to consider applicants who are undocumented immigrants in the same way they consider U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and will not discriminate on the basis of immigration status.
- The College will continue to welcome applicants and to support students of all nationalities and religions.
- We will continue to meet full, demonstrated financial need for all students, including undocumented and international students, enrolled at Bryn Mawr.
For International Students with F1 or J1 Visas
Patti Lausch, Director, International Student and Scholar Services
For Undocumented Students (or Those with Questions Regarding Undocumented Status in General)
Vanessa Christman, Assistant Dean for Access and Community Development
Stephanie Nixon, Director of the Pensby Center; Assistant Dean for Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion; Title IX Coordinator
For Religious and Spiritual Support
Vanessa Christman, Assistant Dean for Access and Community Development
General Student Advising
Dean’s Office – Guild L-04
Resources for Faculty and Research Associates
Erin Walsh, Assistant Provost for Administration
For Prospective Undergraduate Students
Director of Admissions
For Prospective Graduate Students
Director of Graduate Admissions
Ellie Esmond, Director of Service and Leadership Programs
Civic Engagement Office – Dolwen, Cambrian Row
- A Message Regarding DACA, April 10, 2018
- Letter from College and University Presidents Urging Congress to Take Action to Protect Dreamers, October 19, 2017
- A Message From President Cassidy Regarding DACA, September 7, 2017
- Letter from Leaders in Quaker Education, September 1, 2017
- Message to the Community from President Cassidy and Dean Walters, February 24, 2017
- Letter to President Trump from American Colleges and Universities, February 2, 2017
- Letter to Homeland Security Secretary on Maintaining the United States as the Destination of Choice for Students, Scholars, January 31, 2017
- Announcement from President Cassidy and Dean Walters, January 29, 2017
- Support for the BRIDGE Act for DACA Students, January 25, 2017
- Letter in Support of the BRIDGE Act (American Council on Education), January 12, 2017
- Support for DACA and Undocumented Students, December 2, 2016
- Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and Our Undocumented Immigrant Students, November 17, 2016
Nationalities Services Center (organization in Philadelphia with an advocacy orientation)
American Immigration Council
National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
- Unaccompanied Migrant Children (PDF)
- Spotlight on Culture: Trauma and Mental Health Needs of Immigrant Minors (PDF)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)-Pennsylvania
The ACLU works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
AILA promotes justice, advocates for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, and advances the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice. Read Don't Get Scammed.
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)-Philadelphia
CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
HIAS works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities.
Hillel of Greater Philadelphia
Hillel inspires Jewish students to cultivate and maintain their Jewish identity, to bond with other Jewish college students and to share a broad spectrum of religious, cultural and social experiences.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
The ILRC trains attorneys, paralegals, and community-based advocates to work with grassroots immigrant organizations to promote effective and just immigration policy and law. Read What Do I Need To Know (follow link for versions in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and Korean).
Informed Immigrant is a collective of nationally recognized immigrant-serving organizations, lawyers, technologists, and allies dedicated to helping the undocumented immigrant community. It provides information and resources to the undocumented immigrant community.
International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
IRAP organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons.
NAFSA: Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
NAFSA is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange.
National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
NILC is dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants; its website offers information on basic rights.
Private Attorneys for Individual Representation
Members of the community who are seeking immigration legal advice can find a licensed attorney using AILA’s Lawyer Search. In the past, community members have used, among others, the Law Office of Matthew I. Hirsch and Klasko Immigration Law Partners, which is offering 15-minute consultations for students, faculty and staff of client organizations, which includes Bryn Mawr College.
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs
The Bureau of Consular Affairs formulates and implements policy relating to immigration and consular services and ensures responsive and efficient provision of consular services overseas.