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FREE DACA CLINICS ACROSS THE STATE

FREE DACA CLINICS ACROSS THE STATE

In reaction to the recent executive administrative action ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months, organizations across the state are hosting clinics to assist those whose DACA status will expire by March 5, 2018, to apply for renewals by the October 5, 2017 deadline. Below are a list of upcoming DACA renewal clinics in Connecticut.

Willimantic

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 4pm-8pm – DACA Renewal Clinic at St. Joseph Church Hall (99 Jackson Street, Willimantic, CT) Students needing transportation to the Willimantic clinic should contact Katy Villeda (Katherine.villeda@uconn.edu) or Joseline Tlacomulco (joseline.tlacomulco@uconn.edu).

Danbury

  • Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9am-12pm – DACA Renewal Clinic at the Hispanic Center of Danbury (4 Harmony Street, Danbury, CT)

Stamford

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays (now and for the next 3 weeks) from 10am-12pm, and 1pm-4pm – DACA Renewal Walk-ins at Building 1 Community (75 Selleck Street, Stamford, CT)
  • Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 1pm-4pm – Info Session & DACA Renewal Clinic at Building 1 Community (75 Selleck Street, Stamford, CT)

Bridgeport

  • Saturday, 9/23 from 9am-3pm – DACA Renewal Clinic at Burroughs Community Center (2470 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT)

New Haven

  • Friday afternoons, 9/15, 9/22, and 9/29 from 2pm-5pm – DACA Renewal Workshops at Apostle Immigrant Services (81 Saltonstall Avenue, #1, New Haven, CT)
  • Week of Sept. 18th – DACA Renewal Workshops at JUNTA for Progressive Action (169 Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT)

Meriden

  • Sunday, September 24, 2017 (time TBA) – DACA Renewal Clinic at St. Rose of Lima Church (35 Center St., Meriden, CT)

Additional clinics will be posted if they become available

President Herbst Responds to DACA Decision

To the UConn Community,

Today it was announced that President Trump would sign an executive order effectively ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months and immediately begin rejecting new DACA requests.

DACA is a program for undocumented individuals who were brought to the United States when they were children or young teens, and have since graduated from high school. It allows those who enroll in the program to work in the U.S., attend colleges and universities, and/or serve in the U.S. military without fear of deportation.

Here is a public statement released by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy:

“President Trump’s wrong-minded decision to turn back the clock on DACA is completely nonsensical. From elementary and secondary education, to post-secondary education, to supports for vibrant, safe communities – we have invested so much into undocumented children who have grown up in America.  Denying these youths with access to work opportunities and affordable higher education goes against the very core of who we are.  The fact is, pushing these young, gifted individuals into the shadows not only diminishes their chance for a bright future, but it darkens ours, too.  We know that our state stands to benefit from welcoming Dreamers, and their talents, to our communities and our workplaces.  The rollback of DACA would be a disastrous mistake for not only Dreamers, but our entire nation.  I urge Congress to act swiftly to reverse this misguided action and enact protections for the over 10,000 youth in Connecticut, and hundreds of thousands more across the country, who are now at risk through no fault of their own.”

Here is a public statement I have released:

“The young people who are the beneficiaries of the DACA program were brought to the United States when they were children or young teenagers. Today, students in the DACA program who are enrolled at UConn have proven themselves to be talented, hard-working and ambitious, which is how they gained admission and why they are succeeding academically. Like all of our graduates, after earning their degrees they can continue to lead positive, productive lives, contributing to our economy and our communities. Above all, these bright young people are striving to succeed. That sense of hope and opportunity represents the great promise of the United States and our higher education system. Today’s action would have us turn our backs on them. That is cruel, unjustified and ultimately self-defeating.”

The university has grave concerns regarding the impact this action will have on affected students. In addition to raising the specter of deportation, impacted students may not be able to complete employment components of their degree programs, continue graduate assistantships, or earn an income to cover tuition and living expenses.

UConn staff are reviewing the order to determine the exact scope and timing of its impact. We are hopeful that Congress will use the six months noted in the executive order to pass legislation granting a permanent pathway for those affected to continue to live, work, and be educated in the U.S. without fear of deportation.

Please know that UConn will do all we are able to do in an effort to accommodate affected students in order to help them complete their studies or explore alternate requirements or courses of study as appropriate. Impacted undergraduate UConn students should reach out to the Dean of Students office or the office of the Chief Diversity Officer. Impacted graduate students should reach out to the Dean’s office in the Graduate School.

Sincerely,

Susan Herbst

Charlottesville

To the UConn Community,

Last weekend, the world watched in horrified shock as scenes of brutality fueled by racist, hate-fueled ideologies played out in the town of Charlottesville, Va., home of one of our country’s greatest public universities. By the end of the day Saturday, three people were dead: two Virginia state troopers who had been monitoring the march from a helicopter, and a peaceful protester who had come to courageously bear witness against the noxious philosophy of white supremacy.

As our nation struggled to process these horrific events, we learned that groups motivated by the despicable ideologies of fascism and racism are planning more such rallies, particularly targeting public universities as symbols of all that they most despise: diversity, inclusion, and a relentless pursuit of the truth.

Let me be very clear: as a university, we are committed to fearless intellectual debate and to the free speech that makes it possible. Those commitments are essential to another elemental aspect of our identity, which is our determination to create an intellectual community composed of dignity, compassion, and respect, which constitute the foundation of a free society.

As I watched Americans in 2017 march in a torchlight procession in imitation of similar displays in Nazi Germany, and saw them raise their right arms in salute to the Third Reich, I thought of the more than 2,000 UConn students and alumni who went to war against that regime, and especially the 114 who lost their lives fighting it. Their memories are sacred here, now and forever.

The University of Connecticut will never yield to the poisonous ideas and attitudes we saw last weekend, and which are attempting to gain strength throughout our country. It is my commitment – it is my promise – that this will always remain a university that stands firmly for the virtues of democracy, equality, civil discourse, and human rights.

Our values as a university – and, even more importantly, as a nation – are being tested right now. The ways that each one of us responds will reveal before the world our true character and the depth of our commitment to a democratic society.

Sincerely,

Susan Herbst

Phishing attacks and how to avoid being scammed

Posted on January 27, 2017January 30, 2017

Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, social security numbers, and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.[1][2]  These attacks are often initiated by organized cyber-crime groups, and their frequency has been increasing.  The attempts have become more sophisticated, and they are capable of achieving high levels of apparent credibility by leveraging public information, such as easily determined email addresses.  Targeted attacks, also referred to as spear phishing, use elements that typically signal authenticity – a familiar sender or copied website content – and can be more difficult for a recipient to quickly identify as spam mail.  An example of spear phishing is the recent message that superficially appeared to come directly from President Herbst.

The University’s spam mail filters remove many of these messages before they enter inboxes, and any that pass are addressed with internal IT security processes as soon as they are identified.  This reduces, but does not eliminate, the threat to our community.  Phishing scams will continue, and in response, UITS will continue to develop more sophisticated resources and to explore technologies that will provide better protection.  The community also has a role to play.  Phishing attacks can, in general, only succeed through the cooperation of the target.  Opening attachments and clicking on embedded links are overt actions that need to be performed with real caution.  Hovering over a link or an attachment usually produces additional information about what it is.  A document that looks like it has a name “something.pdf” might actually be a file “something.exe.”  The former is something you view while the latter is a software program that you execute and is extremely dangerous.  Running sketchy programs is a one way ticket to computer infection and data loss.  Embedded links have two parts.  The part that is displayed and what it actually points to.  The first part is nothing more than a label and while easily read, does not actually mean anything.  The second part is what it really is and in a phishing email, this will refer to something unexpected and often dangerous.  As a general rule, you should not open an attachment or follow a link if it comes in an email that you do not expect.  Even if you expect an email, an attachment should never be opened without verifying the kind of file it is, and no link should ever be followed without first verifying what it references.  Under no circumstances should you ever provide personal or sensitive information of any kind through an interaction that you did not explicitly initiate yourself.

Your advocacy is vital to increasing awareness on how these attacks happen and how each of us can better avoid being misled.  If you have questions about the validity of a message, ask the UITS Help Center (helpcenter@uconn.edu) to review it. Any message suspected to be a phishing attempt can also be forwarded to reportphishing@uconn.edu.

Protect Our Pack

UConn’s Protect Our Pack provides educational and training programs to the UConn community regarding becoming an engaged and active bystander.  Problems such as sexual assault, interpersonal violence, stalking, racism/homophobia/etc, depression, hazing, and others can often be prevented by others stepping in.  Studies have proven that most students recognize that stepping in can make a difference but often are unsure of how to do so.  This program helps to teach our community what to do and how to help each other.

To request a program for your group, please contact Jenn Longa,  Assistant Dean of Students for Victim Support Services & Bystander Initiatives, in the Dean of Students Office.

To apply to become part of UConn’s Protect our Pack  bystander intervention program, please see the attached application to become a Pack Leader.  Pack Leaders will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics including sexual assault, bias and hate crimes, partner violence, hazing, harassment, stalking, depression, as well as alcohol and other drugs. Once trained, Pack Leaders will provide interactive educational programs to their fellow students on these issues. We are not looking for students to be experts on all topics, but to have an understanding of the concerns facing students and a desire to help others realize they can make a difference by stepping in when problems arise.

Once you submit your application you will be contacted to set up an interview. If there are any questions, please contact Jenn Longa. 

Guidance on Early Releases, Delays or Cancellations Due to Inclement Weather

To the University Community:

With the winter storm season approaching, we’d like to refresh your knowledge about UConn operations during inclement weather.

The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is paramount. At the same time, the University has important teaching, research and service missions to carry out, and must maintain effective operations. With all due consideration to safety, the University’s goal is to maintain normal operations to the greatest extent possible.

We therefore make decisions about cancelling classes or curbing business operations very carefully, with full consideration of all available information about weather predictions and road conditions.

We encourage you to read UConn’s Emergency Closing Policy for details about how these decisions are made, expectations of employees, and other information.

The following guidance applies to all UConn locations except UConn Health.

How you’ll know the status of the University during inclement weather:

  • In the rare cases when we determine it is necessary to cancel or delay classes or to close business operations at the University, the community will be notified as quickly as possible.
  • When storms occur overnight, we aim to make this notification by 5 a.m. Sometimes conditions change rapidly, however, and we may need to adjust decisions about class schedules and business operations on short notice.
  • UConn’s Alert webpage (http://alert.uconn.edu) is the definitive source of information about the University’s operating status and should be your primary source.
  • UConn community members at all locations, excluding UConn Health, are encouraged to also check the University’s 24-hour emergency closing information number: 860-486-3768.
  • Although the University makes every effort to notify the news media about operating changes at UConn’s campuses, we cannot guarantee that details provided by news outlets represent the most current or complete information.

What closes, what stays open:

  • UConn acts accordingly if the governor closes state agencies, releases state employees from work, or restricts road travel due to weather conditions.
  • Certain operations must continue even in severe weather, including public safety, residential and dining services, health services, animal care, facility maintenance, and other critical services.
  • Decisions about whether to continue or cancel particular services, such as transportation, are made on a case-by-case basis depending on existing conditions and needs.
  • The Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, UConn Athletics, and other units that sponsor events and activities decide independently whether to continue or cancel their events, and you should contact them directly with questions.

Who reports to campus, and when:

  • Emergency Support Services/Essential Staff are expected to remain at or report to work as directed. Supervisors must make themselves aware of and follow the applicable policies and procedures for their units. Guidance in the University’s emergency closing policy will be particularly helpful in understanding these expectations.
  • If the University has not announced a delay or cancellation of classes, faculty are expected to hold classes as scheduled.
  • In exceptional circumstances when a faculty member determines he or she is unable to travel safely to campus, the faculty member must notify his or her dean and department head, and must also notify all students in the class. Faculty must not, however, cancel class prior to the University’s decision about whether the University will alter its normal schedule.
  • Faculty may elect to hold classes virtually using online methods at any time.
  • Faculty should respect the decisions of commuting students who decide not to travel to campus, or to leave class early in order to get home safely, and provide options for them to make up missed work.
  • Students should contact their professors as soon as possible if they must miss a class or other activity due to weather conditions.

Keep safety first when traveling:

  • Always consider your safety first. Weather and road conditions may vary considerably across the state, so all members of the University community must evaluate the circumstances they face, plan extra time for their commute if necessary, and take other common sense measures.
  • Even when the University remains open for business, individuals may appropriately decide not to come to campus or to leave campus early.
  • In these situations, employees may use a vacation day, personal time, or other accrued time without advance approval, but they must notify their supervisors that they are doing so.

The University continues to emphasize the paramount importance of safety. Faculty, staff, and students should evaluate their own circumstances carefully, exercise appropriate judgment, and take responsibility for their safety when making decisions during inclement weather.

We wish you a productive semester.

Sincerely,

Mun Y. Choi

Provost and Executive Vice President

 

Scott A. Jordan

Executive Vice President for Administration and CFO