UC Berkeley Creates $1 Million Fund For DREAMers; Daily Wildcat Drops the I-Word, ‘Illegal’
UC Berkeley Creates $1 Million Fund For Dreamers. The University of California announced the creation of a $1 million scholarship fund for undocumented immigrant students. The Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Foundation established the so-called "Dreamers Fund" and the gift will help 200 students from 20 different countries. Uriel Rivera, an undocumented student at UC Berkeley who dropped out because he could not afford tuition, said of the fund "[y]ou're just not paying for a student to go to college, you are helping a whole community." The Dreamers Fund will go into effect early next year. [Huffington Post]
Sexual Orientation Question, Transgender Option Added to U of Iowa Application. On Dec. 12, the University of Iowa announced that it would be adding an optional question on sexual orientation and a transgender option to its applications. The University of Iowa will be the second institution to do so, after Elmhurst College. Jake Christensen, the senior admissions counselor who came up with the idea to add the question, said, "[f]or some students, this may be the first time in their lives that an institution has exhibited a sensitivity to diversity, and has sent a welcoming message [about it]." Stef Shuster, transgender Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Iowa, said there were "symbolic and tangible" benefits to the decision. [Inside Higher Ed]
Grad Student at NYU Tweets Every U.S. Drone Strike. Josh Begley, a graduate student at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Master's Program, tweeted every drone strike the United States executed over the past ten years. Begley said that he became interested in drones because he knew so little about them, and because they represent something, "that fundamentally shifts how we understand what war is." Begley continued, "[a] bureaucratic chain of command deciding to execute [people] outside any law is a very interesting concept intellectually." His idea to tweet the drone strikes hit the front page of Reddit, where he explained, "the purpose of it is just to surface this information in new and different ways." [Huffington Post]
Daily Wildcat To Stop Using "Illegal" And Start Using "Undocumented." The Arizona Daily Wildcat will no longer use the term "illegal immigrant," and will instead describe status-seeking immigrants as "undocumented." Top staff at the paper mulled over the issue for the past two months, holding internal discussions and polling students on the issue. The managing editor at the Wildcat, Bethany Barnes, said the issue was especially important to the paper "because of Arizona’s proximity to the border and how frequently border security issues come up." Barnes continued, "using ‘undocumented’ isn’t about trying to talk around the issue or dress it up as something it isn’t. Using ‘undocumented’ is about avoiding characterizing someone’s entire personhood by one civil offense." [College Media Matters]
Sydney Hofferth is a Communications Intern for Campus Progress. You can follow her on twitter at @squidhoff10.