Underscoring its commitment to absolute
inclusion for its diverse student body and workforce, the Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees of Community College District No. 508 today adopted a formal
resolution affirming City Colleges of Chicago’s status as a welcoming campus.
Today’s resolution makes it a violation of
City Colleges policies and procedures to unlawfully discriminate or harass at
City Colleges on the basis of immigration status with respect to
hire, terms and conditions of employment, continued employment, admissions, or
participation in programs, services or activities.
Through the resolution, the Board also
endorses the City of Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance, passed in 2012 by
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council to protect the rights of
immigrants and undocumented residents.
“Chicago has embraced diversity since
its founding, and we will always welcome people of all faiths, heritage and
backgrounds to our city,” said Mayor Emanuel. “To continue building on our
commitment to inclusion, we will ensure that our schools are places where all
students feel safe to learn, because where you were born will not dictate the
opportunities you will have in the City of Chicago.”
This resolution adds to City Colleges’
existing non-discrimination policies that protect staff and students regardless
of race, color ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation or
gender identity, among others. As a welcoming campus, City Colleges of Chicago
does not inquire about applicants’ or students’ citizenship or immigration
status when they seek to enroll at City Colleges or apply for scholarship
“We students should not be limited by
our immigration status,” said Melanny Buitron, a DACA student at Wilbur Wright
College and the student representative to City Colleges’ Board of Trustees.
“With this resolution, City Colleges stands at our side to make sure we
continue being able to freely pursue our academic opportunities.”
CCC programming, classes and
scholarships have long been open and eligible to all students, regardless of
immigration status. This includes the Chicago Star Scholarship program. Other
City Colleges programs, including adult education, GED and dual credit/dual
enrollment provide tuition-free enrollment, regardless of immigration status.
“City Colleges of Chicago is committed
to creating and maintaining welcoming and supportive teaching and learning
environments for all City Colleges students, faculty and staff,” said City
Colleges Board Chair Charles R. Middleton. “We are working to expand
educational and career opportunities for all Chicagoans, including students representing 178 countries outside of the U.S. who study
at City Colleges.”
The City Colleges of Chicago Equal Opportunity
Policy and Complaint Procedures prohibits unlawful discrimination or harassment
on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, age, religion,
citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status,
pregnancy, order of protection status, disability, genetic information,
military status, or status as a member of any other protected class under
federal, state, or city law.