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Dear Brigham Young University faculty and instructors, we have created this undocumented student support syllabus statement in hopes that its implementation will help foster a Christlike culture of unity, love, and belonging on campus. It may be modified and included in your syllabi:

Undocumented Student Support: In accordance with BYU policy and Church statements, I am committed to supporting students regardless of their immigration status. I expect that every class member will heed President Russell M. Nelson’s call to abandon attitudes and actions of prejudice. Each of us should strive to create a campus in which students and faculty are “no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God (Ephesians 2:19).”

I am available to listen and support you in a safe, compassionate, and confidential manner. Without jeopardizing your student status, there are resources on campus to address concerns that may interfere with your academic, social, and personal success at BYU. To learn more, please contact the Office of International Student & Scholar Services at 801-422-2695 or visit

The Church’s Welcome Centers Help Immigrants Live Better Lives

When Dan and Lorrie Curriden look at the faces of the immigrants they serve in Las Vegas, they see the courage of their own immigrant grandparents.
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Church Statement on Separation of Families at the US-Mexico Border

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has long expressed its position that immigration reform should strengthen families and keep them together.
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Church Statement Supports Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is established in 188 nations around the globe. Issues of immigration and legal status are of concern for many of our members.
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Religion News Service Article: LDS Church outreach to immigrants grows

For years church leaders have advocated for compassionate immigration policies that focus on keeping families together. Research indicates that Latter-day Saints tend to be softer on immigration compared with their white evangelical peers.
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President Nelson to Saints: 'lead out in abandoning attitudes of prejudice'

After months defined by racial tensions, peaceful protests, and lawless riots in the U.S. and in other nations of the earth, President Russell M. Nelson declared that all people are equal in God’s eyes: “I plead with you to promote respect for all of God’s children.”
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BYU Devotional: Healing Racism Through Jesus Christ by Dr. Ryan Gabriel

We can work hard to heal the painful legacies of racism that we inherited, legacies that manifest in new and pernicious ways. Taking this action will help us alleviate the suffering of others. This is what the Savior did for each and every one of us.
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BYU Kennedy Center Lecture: How to be an Antiracist Professor Panel Discussion

Join the panel discussion regarding the Kennedy Center’s Book of the Semester, How to Be An Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi, with Professors Leslie Hadfield, Rebecca de Schweinitz, Ryan Gabriel, and Lori Spruance.
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Undocumented Workers Deserve Legal Labor Protections

Although undocumented workers don't have legal status in the United States, they should be afforded full protection under U.S. employment and labor laws writes BYU law professor Dr. Carolina Núñez.
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BYU Kennedy Center Lecture: Bridges and Walls at the U.S.-Mexico Border

The U.S. and Mexico border has a long, fraught history that predates by centuries the current debates over a border wall. Professors in this panel will consider what this history means for contemporary debates about the border.
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