Message from Provost Connolly About New Executive Order on Immigration

Dear Colleagues,
Like you, we are monitoring very closely the new executive order restricting citizens of six nations from entering the United States. The revised order, signed this week and effective March 16, 2017, imposes a 90-day suspension on the issuance of new visas, including student visas, to citizens from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.
While potential effects of the impending order are still unknown, our priorities remain clear: ensuring the well-being of our students and scholars, and upholding the values and principles that define our vibrant community. Foremost among them is advocacy for the free exchange of ideas and people across borders of all kinds.    
To that end, I write to inform you of a number of relevant Graduate Center resources:

  • Following the issuance of the earlier executive order, we created an Updates page to keep the community informed of our response to the unfolding policies. We will continue to keep this page current with new developments and news alerts.
  • For those who need a safe space to talk, the Student Counseling Service at the Wellness Center will have appointments available for confidential and supportive counseling sessions. The Wellness Center is located in Room 6422 and can be contacted at 212-817-7020. You can also find information and request services at
  • The Office of International Students is hosting a workshop with Citizenship Now! on Thursday, March 16, at 6 p.m., with location to be announced soon.

In the last several weeks, President Chase Robinson has spoken out on this issue. You may be interested in reading his introductory remarks from Monday’s “Immigration in Trump’s America” discussion, part of our First 100 Days series of public programming. Select quotes from moderator Brian Lehrer and panelists were also posted to Twitter.
I’m proud to be a member of a community so passionately concerned for the safety and rights of our immigrant and visa-holding students and faculty. I will continue to keep you updated. 
Best wishes as we enter the middle of the spring semester,
Joy Connolly
Provost and Professor of Classics

Submitted on: MAR 8, 2017

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