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Did We Actually Sign the Dreamers Letter

A professor writes in:

I’m a professor at Dartmouth, and I read your dartblog on occasion. I took a look at it today, and see they you reprinted an article from NYU which stated that Dartmouth did not sign the ‘Dreamers’ letter signed by over 800 universities. However, I just took a quick look at the letter (see the link below) and Dartmouth College is listed as one of the signers of the letter, so the NYU article is incorrect

My correspondent is correct that the College’s name appears at the end of the letter now — but it did not appear there this morning when I wrote my post. At that time I checked all of the names of the Ivy schools, and all appeared there with the exception of Dartmouth. Regrettably, I did not take a screenshot of our absence.

The D is now reporting that while the 800 other schools signed the letter several days ago, we only signed today:

The American Council on Education sent a letter to top leaders in Congress on Oct. 19 urging them to protect those affected by the rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. The letter was initially signed by nearly 800 colleges and universities, and Dartmouth signed on to the letter on Oct. 23.

“As far as I know, we, ACE, became aware that Dartmouth wanted to sign on today, but for all I know [the College] may have tried to sign on earlier and just for whatever reasons — a glitch in the system, I have no idea — it didn’t get to us,” said Jonathan Riskind, ACE assistant vice president of public affairs, though he could not confirm the specific reason why Dartmouth signed on today rather than on the Oct. 19 publication date.

Better late than never, I guess.

Addendum: An alumnus writes in:

Hmmm…I know why Dartmouth signed on today. Because someone screwed up and didn’t realize it until Dartblog (and the D) brought it to their attention. The incompetence of this administration is beyond question.


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