College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Dreaming with and for the “Dreamers”

The intent of the Trump Administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is cause for much concern – actually alarm. University presidents from throughout the United States have observed, including Mason President Ángel Cabrera, that the end of DACA will have a very negative impact – in fact a devastating impact. President Cabrera, in a message to the Mason university community (https://www2.gmu.edu/news/446456), commented that the end of the DACA program “will have dramatic implications for thousands of college students, including many at Mason, and will ultimately have a negative impact on our society and economy.” I concur.

Like our university’s president, I too fear for the more than 800,000 young adults that have only known the United States as their home and have benefited from DACA. In addition to thousands of “dreamers” who attend colleges and universities, and others who are employed in communities throughout the nation, this “political pivot” also eventually will affect many thousands more students in our public schools. Certainly, this shift from compassion and caring to the expediency of seeking to score “political” and ideological driven points will further divide an already polarized nation.

It is time for all of us, especially those who are members of the community of educators, to exhibit what the president of the Ford Foundation, Darren Walker, has called “moral courage.” It is time to take a stand – not to remain seated. To stand up for what we believe. Together, we must be on the “right side of history.”

Where is the value for ending DACA? What benefit will result from the disruption of lives and the breaking-up of families or the further polarization of our communities?

Over the coming months, as the Congress debates the ultimate future of DACA, with the lives of thousands in the balance, I will stand with our students and I will stand with others who have been the beneficiaries of DACA.

I will dream with and for the dreamers.

Let us not allow our dreams, and more importantly their dreams, to be only fantasy. Compassion and caring once again must be our national reality. I invite you to dream with me – while advocating actively, through participation in our democracy, so that our dreams will come true for the benefit of so many. The “dreamers” deserve, and need, our support.

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