• Reminders

    Important Dates:

    HCAFA Executive Committee Meetings

    Light Meal Served

    • Friday, January 19, 2018
    •       L200, 11:00 – 1:30
    • Friday, February 16, 2018
    •        J167,  11:00 – 1:30
    • Wed., March 14, 2018
    •      L311, 4:30 – 7:00
    • Tues.,  April 17, 2018
    •     L204, 4:30 – 7:00
    • Friday, May 11, 2018
    •    IEA Office, 553 N. North Ct, Suite 210

    For information or to check if the time or location has been changed, call Hasmig or Amy at the IEA office
    (847 359-0300).

If You Have Been Waiting to Join HCAFA, Now Is the Time!

If you have just become eligible to be a new HCAFA member, or if you have been a Fair Share member (not a full member), now is the time to support your fellow adjuncts and your union by changing your status to full membership!  Click on the link below for a sample membership form.  You will find more details by clicking on the Join link.

Membership Enrollment Form 2017

Novemberfest on November 3


Join Us

For a casual dinner, a little adjunct gemütlichkeit, and lots of fun!

Date: Friday, November 3, 2017

Time: 4:00 – 6:00, (Come and go when you’d like.)

The Latest Edition of The Harper Adjunct Advocate Will Be in All Adjuncts’ Mailboxes Soon

Your personal copy of The Harper Adjunct Advocate will be in your mailbox soon.  If you’d like to check it out now, click on the link below.

Harper Adjunct Advocate – October 2017

Call for Nominations of Delegates to the IEA RA

Nomination Form for  the IEA RA Delegate Election


The Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly, otherwise known as the IEA RA, will be held on April 19-21, 2018, in Rosemont. The election for this position will be held on December 15, 2017.

IEA RA delegates will be responsible for approving the IEA budget, establishing a dues amount, modifying the Legislative Platform and Bylaws and conducting other business of the Association.

A dues-paying member may either nominate another dues-paying colleague or himself/herself for this position by completing and submitting this form. The Elections Committee recommends that should you choose to nominate someone else, please make sure he/she is a dues-paying member, wants to be nominated and can attend this Assembly. All forms must be sent to the Elections Committee Chairperson, Julie Simpson by November 8, 2017.

Please complete and return form to:


Attn: Region 42 – Julie Simpson, Elections Chair

553 N. North Court,  Suite #210

Palatine, IL 60067

Nominee’s Name:                                           _____________________________

Address:                                                              _____________________________


Phone:                                                                 _____________________________

Email:                                                                   _____________________________


Here’s What You May Not Know about Dreamers

Posted in: Education News

by Félix Pérez

It’s all but impossible to spend more than five minutes on social media and not see some mention of the plight of students brought to the United States as children, also known as Dreamers, and other young immigrants who qualified for a temporary, renewable stay under a program started five years ago, formally known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

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The Dreamers and young immigrants who have qualified to study and work under DACA and whose DACA authorization expires between the dates of September 5, 2017, through March 5, 2018, have until October 5 to renew their status. Renewal paperwork must be physically received by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the proper filing location.

President Trump prompted widespread fear and concern among DACA recipients last month when he announced his administration was rescinding the DACA program as of March 5, 2018. Following are some key facts about DACA.

What are the qualifications immigrants must meet to qualify for DACA?

Individuals had to pay a $495 fee and meet each of the following criteria to qualify on a case-by-case basis:

  • Came to the United States before the age of 16
  • Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the start of DACA (June 15, 2012)
  • Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
  • Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety, and
  • Thirty years old or younger.

DACA permits must be renewed every two years. The program does not give recipients legal residency. Instead, they get temporary reprieves from deportation and temporary permission to study and work.

How many DACA recipients are students?

The Migration Policy Institute estimates that 365,000 of about 1.2 million DACA-eligible young people are high-school students and another 241,000 are enrolled in college.

What will happen to DACA recipients once the program expires March 5, 2018?

The 800,000 DACA recipients, many of whom were brought to the United States as toddlers, will be subject to deportation.

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Are there any teachers who are DACA recipients?

An estimated 20,000 teachers in the U.S. could be deported because of President Trump’s cancellation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA). Meet two here and here. The costs of replacing just one teacher is estimated to cost as much as $17,872, according to the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. That means replacing the 20,000 could cost school districts — and local taxpayers — as much as $350 million

Must public schools accept students whose DACA status has expired or any undocumented student?

The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling 35 years ago, Plyler v. Doe, that held that states cannot constitutionally deny students a free public education because of their immigration status.

What recourse do DACA recipients and Dreamers have to address their predicament?

Educators, Dreamer students and other DACA recipients are seeking a permanent legislative solution through Congress. They are urging Congress to pass the Dream Act of 2017. A bipartisan and bicameral bill by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC), the Dream Act (S. 1615/H.R. 3440) would offer permanent legal status to qualifying young people who arrived in the United States as children.

Do Americans support permanent, legal residency for young immigrants brought to the United States as children?

Eighty-six percent of Americans support a right to residency for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, with support crossing the political spectrum, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll last month. Americans were asked whether they support “a program that allows undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States if they arrived here as a child, completed high school or military service and have not been convicted of a serious crime,” all DACA requirements. Support for legal residency includes three-quarters of Republicans and conservatives, 86 and 87 percent of independents and moderates, and 97 and 96 percent of Democrats and liberals.

What can people do to support Dreamers and DACA recipients?

You can urge Congress to give Dreamer students and DACA recipients certainty and permanent protections by passing the Dream Act of 2017. The bipartisan bill includes multiple pathways to citizenship via higher education, military service, or employment. To qualify, individuals must have entered the United States as minors and have had a continuous presence in the United States for four years before the date of the bill’s enactment.

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It Pays to Be a Full Dues-Paying HCAFA Member!

Benefits of IEA membership


  • Go to the Discounts drop-down menu at the top of the page
  • Click on NEA Member Benefits​​​
Note:  Adjuncts only pay 1/4 dues!

IEA One Conference: All HCAFA Members Are Welcome to Attend!

Register for the IEA One Conference 

Dine and discuss higher education funding or other concerns with state legislators Friday evening during the One Conference. The higher education dinner is scheduled for Oct. 20, followed by the conference on Saturday at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Oak Brook.

Sessions include an update on unemployment insurance benefits for contingent faculty; understanding the implications of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on college students; and workshops on activism, crafting resistance, engaging students with online sources to enhance discussion, and developing engaging presentations.

For my money, the best part of the conference is getting to know other activists and getting more involved.

Contact Stuart Templeton, HCAFA membership chair,  at hcafamembership@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.  You may be able to attend with HCAFA at no cost to you!

One Conference links: