January 5, 2015 — Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, New Jersey, has opened The Center for Undocumented Students (TCUS) to provide support for undocumented students and research the political and economic realities of immigration.
Saint Peter’s University is one of a number of Jesuit universities that continue to increase their support for undocumented students. Loyola University Chicago recently became the first U.S. university to publicly accept undocumented medical students.
TCUS will also create curriculum and training for faculty, administrators and staff to build an environment of institutional support. The training will teach employees to identify and become more sensitive to the special needs of undocumented students.
Faculty and staff at Saint Peter’s, in constant conversation and daily encounters with undocumented students, recognized these students needed additional support. Minority students make up 76 percent of the student body, the most diverse of any U.S. Jesuit institution of higher education. Included in that is a substantial population of documented and undocumented immigrants.
“Saint Peter’s has proudly educated immigrant students since it first opened in 1872 and seeks to continue and enrich this tradition by extending its welcome and support to undocumented students,” said Eugene J. Cornacchia, president of Saint Peter’s University. “We are proud to be a part of the large group of Jesuit colleges and universities that continue to advocate for DREAMers.” [Sources: Saint Peter’s University, Ignatian Solidarity Network, Jesuits Northeast Province]