The Chronicle of Higher Education explores how a group of faculty at the University of Southern California has unified behind a commitment to block some of President Trump’s most onerous plans.
The organization’s first official action was raising money for a full-page advertisement in the Los Angeles Times stating that faculty members, among other things, supported people who “engage in civil disobedience and protest” if members of the academic community are “harmed or deported due to targeted state actions.”
Last month the group also wrote a letter to Michael Quick, USC’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, and C.L. Max Nikias, its president, with a list of seven changes that would help immigrants at the university. Suggestions included extending summer housing to students who fear they may be targeted or deported if they return to their home countries, and appointing a tenured professor to serve as special assistant to the provost for immigration and international affairs.