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Sept. 14: Student forum to address DACA

An event for Metropolitan State students to discuss the recent announcement from President Donald Trump concerning the future consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in the United States.

In keeping with the message sent by Metropolitan State President Virginia Arthur affirming the university’s commitment and support for students, event planners intend to create spaces for healing, conversation, and sharing of resources to those directly affected.

The discussion on Thursday, Sept. 14, Saint Paul Campus, Student Center, room 101, will be an opportunity for faculty, staff and the community to show their support. The fight for dignity and respect for all immigrants is a humanitarian issue that affects us all, and this is a time of great uncertainty and angst for many. This day is dedicated to supporting those affected, creating an environment for conversation and learning, promoting campus resources and building solidarity. Refreshment will be provided.


  • 1 p.m.: Check-in and welcome, Student Senate leaders
  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Healing circles for students, facilitated by Dr. Raj Sethuraju (concurrent counseling service available nearby with Michael Peterson)
  • 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.: “Discussion: What does DACA mean to you and our students?,” facilitator to be determined. Political analysis and resources for undocumented students available on campus; facilitator to be determined.
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m.: “What can we do, what shall we do, what will you do?” facilitated by Karina Moreno DeSilva
  • 3:45 to 4 p.m.: Closing and next steps

Staff must use personal time to participate and must arrange approval from their supervisor or use personal time to attend the event.

Contact the office of Craig Morris, university chief diversity officer/affirmative action director, at 651-793-1272 with questions.

Grief support available through Counseling Services

The Metropolitan State University Counseling Services Department  wishes to remind the university community of the availability of grief services.

Direct Services to Individuals

  • Counseling Services is available to provide individual counseling to any Metropolitan student. Following a death, we can provide a safe place to grieve the loss, support through the grieving process, strategies for self-care, academic support, and more. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays. For students who cannot attend during those hours, we can provide a consultation and referral. Phone consultations are available for those who cannot make it to the Saint Paul Campus. For an after-hours crisis, students should call the Crisis Connection at 612-379-6363.
  • For non-students (staff, faculty, family of the deceased, community members), a consultation and referral to an outside resource can be provided.

Direct Services for Groups, Classes, and University Organizations

  • Many universities offer programming for staff, faculty and students affected by loss as an opportunity to gather, share memories, and grieve together. This can also serve as a vehicle to provide those affected with resources. Counseling staff can help to facilitate these events and, if needed, can provide a model for how to structure them.
  • If there is enough interest, an ongoing grief group can be organized.

 Indirect Services to Faculty / Staff

  • For faculty or staff affected by loss who want to address their classes or communities, suggestions can be provided on how to approach this difficult conversation. If staff or faculty can also request the presence of a Counseling Services staff member.
  • If the university wants to send communications to the university community at large, Counseling Services can help to provide language and resources to include.

For more information contact Michael Peterson in Counseling Services, by e-mail, michael.peterson@metrostate.edu or by phone, 651-793-1557.