President Cheng Joins Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

National group advocates for immigrant, international, and refugee students

Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) President Terrence Cheng today announced that the 17 institutions that make up the CSCU system are officially joining the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, a coalition of over 500 college and university presidents and chancellors promoting federal, state, and local policies in support of immigrant, international, and refugee students.

“I am pleased to be the newest member of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, joining over 500 campus leaders to ensure every student has the tools and support they need to thrive,” President Cheng said. “This is particularly important for our refugee students and scholars, who bring invaluable perspectives and resilience based on their lived experiences. According to the UNHCR, while 39% of students are able to access higher education worldwide, only 5% of refugee students can say the same. Now is the time for universities to welcome refugee students, and I will continue to advocate for our refugee students and campus members as part of the Presidents’ Alliance.”

The nonpartisan, nonprofit Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration brings college and university presidents and chancellors together on the immigration issues that impact higher education, our students, campuses, communities and nation. We work to advance just, forward-looking immigration policies and practices at the federal, state, and campus levels that are consistent with our heritage as a nation of immigrants and the academic values of equity and openness. The Alliance is composed of over 500 presidents and chancellors of public and private colleges and universities, enrolling over five million students in 43 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

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For more information, please contact Leigh Appleby, Director of Communications at 860-723-0617, applebyl@ct.edu