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The Chicago School Joins Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, Ramping Up Advocacy Efforts

Alliance Calls on Congress to Pass Legislation Protecting Dreamers

(CHICAGO) (December 21, 2017) –The Chicago School of Professional Psychology—one of the leading nonprofit institutions devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral health sciences—has joined the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, a collective effort founded to improve how colleges and universities address immigration-related matters affecting their campuses. Comprised of over 150 public and private universities, university systems, colleges and community colleges from across the country, the alliance will support adoption of best practices on campuses, and work in a unified manner to communicate the need for federal and state policies that create a welcoming environment for immigrant, undocumented, and international students.

“As an institution committed to embracing diversity, and an advocate of inclusion and equity, it is important that we join this kind of effort that encourages policies that support all of our students, including DACA, immigrant and international. These students are the future leaders and contributors to our local communities and the world,” said The Chicago School President Dr. Michele Nealon.

The alliance’s urgent priority is to urge Congress to find a legislative solution for Dreamers affected by the repeal of DACA.

“With the urgent threat that DACA recipients are currently facing, the Alliance and our member presidents’ first undertaking will be to urge Congress to protect Dreamers with permanent legislation as soon as possible,” said David Oxtoby, President Emeritus of Pomona College and the alliance’s steering committee member, who previously issued a letter signed by more than 700 college and university presidents urging Congress to protect DACA recipients.

“The breadth of support for the Alliance and for Dreamers from higher education leaders across the country underscores the high importance presidents place on the value of educating anyone and everyone with the talent and drive to contribute to our country and the world,” said Dorothy Leland, Chancellor of U.C. Merced, alliance founding member and steering committee member.

The Alliance’s Founding Statement, Steering Committee, Founding Presidents and Membership can be found at Learn more at

About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private school devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral health sciences. The Chicago School is an affiliate of TCS Education System, a nonprofit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact. The institution serves approximately 4,300 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego); and Washington, D.C., as well as through online programs. The Chicago School is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, (WSCUC), and its Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programs in Chicago and Washington, D.C. are accredited by the American Psychological Association. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is the leader in professional psychology and behavioral health education. To learn more, visit