Immigration, DACA panel discussion set for March 17

WHAT: Panel on the impact of immigration policy as it relates to DACA

WHEN: Friday, March 17, at noon

WHERE: David L. Call Alumni Auditorium, Kennedy Hall, Ithaca campus

MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to Lindsey Hadlock in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-255-6121 or

ITHACA, N.Y. – More than 750,000 young immigrants who arrived in the United States as children and are protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program now face possible changes under the new presidential administration.

On Friday, March 17 at noon, four Cornell University administrators and faculty members will discuss these possible changes during “Immigration Chaos: DACA Students and Higher Education Grapple With Upheaval”. The panel discussion will take place in Kennedy Hall’s David L. Call Alumni Auditorium. The event is free and open to all.

Panelists will discuss the possible impact of immigration policy on DACA at the local and national levels. They are:

  • Carlos M. Gonzalez, executive director, Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives, who oversees central academic support programs and grants, with a primary focus on academic success for underrepresented students of color, first generation, low-income and undocumented students;
  • Barbara Knuth, senior vice provost and dean of the Graduate School, who oversees undergraduate enrollment through the Undergraduate Admissions Office and the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment, and serves on the University Diversity Council;
  • Estelle McKee, clinical professor of law, who co-teaches Cornell Law School’s Asylum and Convention Against Torture Appellate Clinic, and has worked as an immigration attorney; and
  • Vijay Pendakur, the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students.

The panel will be moderated by Rebecca Stoltzfus, vice provost for undergraduate education and professor of nutritional sciences.

The panel discussion is presented by the Division of University Relations’ Diversity Council.

For more information on this event, see this Cornell Chronicle story.

Lindsey Hadlock
office: 607-255-6121
cell: 607-269-6911

Cornell University has television, ISDN and dedicated Skype/Google+ Hangout studios available for media interviews.