About the Alliance

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration was created by a founding group of Presidents who came together on November 14, 2017 in Washington D.C. for a Presidents’ Convening on Higher Education and Immigration. The Convening was sponsored by George Washington University’s Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute with the help of a Presidential Steering Committee whose members are identified below.

The Presidents’ Alliance brings together American college and university chancellors and presidents dedicated to increasing public understanding of how immigration policies and practices impact our students, campuses and communities. 

We support policies and practices that create a welcoming environment for immigrant, undocumented and international students on our campuses. 

Steering Committee

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David Oxtoby

Co-Chair, President Emeritus
Pomona College

Claremont, California

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Eduardo Padrón

President
Miami Dade College

Miami, Florida

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Dorothy Leland

Chancellor
University of California - Merced

Merced, California

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Timothy White

Chancellor
California State University

Long Beach, California

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Louis Caldera

Co-Chair, Senior Advisor
Presidents' Alliance

Washington, DC

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Nancy Cantor

Co-Chair, Chancellor
Rutgers University - Newark

Newark, New Jersey

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John J. DeGioia

President
Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Noelle E. Cockett

Noelle E. Cockett

President
Utah State University

Logan, Utah

Jane-K.-Fernandes

Jane Fernandes

President
Guilford College

Greensboro, North Carolina

Alliance Presidents and Chancellors

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Louis Caldera

Louis Caldera is the co-founder and senior advisor to the Presidents' Alliance.  He serves as a distinguished adjunct professor of law and senior affiliate in the program of law and government at American University.  His public policy and higher education administration experience includes serving as a California legislator, as president of the University of New Mexico, and as Secretary of the Army in the Clinton administration.

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Miriam Feldblum

Miriam Feldblum is the co-founder and executive director of the Presidents' Alliance. Miriam has over 25 years of experience in higher education administration, student support, and in teaching and research of immigration policy, politics and higher education. She previously served as vice president for student affairs/dean of students and professor of politics at Pomona College, as special assistant to the president at Caltech and senior director for academic support and planning, and is a non-resident fellow at the Migration Policy Institute.