March 25, 2013
Paul Quinn College will present “Working Towards a Greater WE Legally: A Deferred Action Workshop” on April 2, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. on campus at 3837 Simpson Stuart Rd. in the Grand Lounge. The presenter will be Kendrea Tannis, the founding dean of the Work Program at Paul Quinn College.
“This is an opportunity for community members to learn about the Deferred Action Program, which affects millions of families across cultures,” said Tannis. “Paul Quinn College is working to ensure that all students, regardless of their legal statuses, are presented with opportunities to better themselves by furthering their education. In the Quinnite Nation we believe in working towards a greater WE.” Paul Quinn’s institutional ethos is WE Over Me.
"This is another example of our brand of servant leadership" said Michael Sorrell, Esq., president of Paul Quinn. "A number of our students and their families are affected by this legislation and the other issues surrounding immigration reform. We are proud to support their efforts to qualify for residency and citizenship."
In June of 2012, the Obama administration announced a program officially titled, “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”. Under the program, the Department of Homeland Security agreed to grant undocumented young people a renewable two-year work authorization and reprieve from deportation. It is estimated that more than 1.4 million young people could qualify for Deferred Action; and as of August 2012, the Department of Homeland Security began accepting applications. If candidates meet the specified criteria, they are issued a social security card, which acts as their temporary work authorization, and reprieve from deportation. Recipients of Deferred Action must apply for a renewal of their documents every two years. In many states, including Texas, acquisition of the social security card also makes it possible for recipients to obtain a driver’s license. Though not a path to residency or citizenship, the Deferred Action program gives many undocumented young people and official protected “status” in the United States.
The Work Program at Paul Quinn College is one component of an innovative educational model that helps students get real-world work experience by working in campus offices and departments as employees while reducing their student debt. Modelled after the country’s seven federal work colleges, Paul Quinn is looking to become the eighth work college by 2014. Once that is accomplished, Paul Quinn will be the only work college in Texas and the only HBCU to be included in the federal work college consortium.
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