Dreams becoming realities as Stritch welcomes DREAMers

News Archive July 10, 2014

Dreams becoming realities as Stritch welcomes DREAMers

Acting on social justice values personified by Pope Francis, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine is welcoming its first DREAMer students in late July 2014 for orientation week. This is the largest cohort of DREAMers matriculating at any medical school.

Called “DREAMers” after proposed federal legislation known as the DREAM Act, Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, these young people are legally recognized U.S. residents. With the need for physicians within a diverse workforce continuing to grow, Loyola Stritch hopes other schools will follow this lead using a similar model of educational opportunities for all committed, high-performing students.

As a Jesuit, Catholic institution, Loyola Stritch is called to steward the talents of qualified applicants regardless of their birthplace or socioeconomic background. This includes the first Loyola Stritch DREAMer students who join the class of 2018 and begin the work toward achieving their dreams of becoming physicians.

Read the personal perspectives of Stritch leadership and DREAMer students and families.

For more information, visit stritch.LUC.edu/daca

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