Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Goodbye and good luck? PCC's board chair resigned in protest over 'sanctuary college' designation

From The Oegonian:

The chairman of Portland Community College's board resigned from his elected position to protest what he called a political decision to classify the school a "sanctuary" for undocumented students.
Gene Pitts, who represented eastern Washington County and Southwest Portland on the board, submitted his resignation letter before Christmas, school officials confirmed Wednesday.
PCC, the state's largest post-secondary institution, had voted to adopt the sanctuary campus label at the urging of its student body, and with the support of first-year president Mark Mitsui.
The board held a special meeting Dec. 20 at its Sylvania campus to consider the largely symbolic gesture. PCC was just one of several Oregon colleges and universities - including Portland State, Oregon State, the University of Oregon, Linfield College, Lewis & Clark College and others - to publicly declare the schools would not help enforce federal immigration laws.
Pitts did not attend the meeting, according to vice-chair Kali Thorne-Ladd, and he had apparently already made up his mind on the issue.
"I have spoken to each of you, so it should not be a surprise that I was not aligned with the College's decision to deem itself a 'sanctuary college,'" Pitts wrote in his resignation letter sent on the same day as the special meeting.
Gene-Pitts.jpgGene Pitts was PCC's board chair. 
"As I've shared with you, I felt that the decision to use the term 'sanctuary college' politicizes the college, places risk on the backs of the 40+ percent of the college's students that receive Pell grant monies (and ultimately on the college's Federal funding), and alienates a percentage of voters as we approach the college's next bond campaign."

No comments:

Post a Comment