Morristown, N.J. (January 30, 2017) – On Friday, January 27th, President Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia) for 90 days, and suspending all refugee admission into the U.S. for 120 days. The impact of this order is being felt worldwide, including on our campus.
On behalf of the College community, I can firmly assure our students, staff and faculty that the College of Saint Elizabeth does not, and will not, discriminate against anyone based on religion, race, country of origin, ability, age, or gender identity/orientation. We are a community of learning committed to educating those who have been marginalized. We fully accept and appreciate the diversity of our student population, and have made this a cornerstone of our future plans. We will do everything in our power to fully realize these commitments and maintain the privacy of our employees and students.
At this time, we know of no faculty, students or staff who are abroad and directly affected by the ban. However, the implications of this action resonate with all of us. If you are planning to travel to any of the locations identified in the order, please contact the CSE Office of International and Multicultural Affairs, ext. 4227, for updates on this situation. If you are feeling uneasy and would like to speak to someone, keep in touch with friends, faculty and staff or call/visit the Counseling Center, ext. 4175.
I am currently in Washington, D.C., where colleges/universities from around the nation are discussing this and other issues pertinent to higher education. As relevant information becomes available, it will be shared with the CSE community.
As a community that cares deeply for one another, I urge us to stand united in this challenging time. Let us be inspired by the words of Pope Francis, "migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more."
Helen J. Streubert