The day before the email was sent, 63 faculty and students met to discuss ways to protect undocumented students. The result of the meeting was a petition calling for the protection of undocumented students that has been signed by over 2,000 people.
“Ideally, I would like the University to be a safe place for undocumented students, for minorities of all types, for LGBTQ, for Muslims, for all those that are feeling vulnerable, fragile and scared,” Julia Mack, a Spanish professor, said.
The petition asks that UNC reaffirm its non-discrimination policy, protect undocumented students’ privacy, refuse to comply with agencies deporting students, train people to be more inclusive of undocumented students and declare UNC a sanctuary university.
Mack said the results of the election put her in a position she had never been in before — she felt the need to address politics in her classes.