Barnard is strongly committed as a community to the active engagement of students and scholars from around the globe, regardless of their faith or national heritage. The travel ban executive order, upheld yesterday by the Supreme Court, introduces unwarranted obstacles into the lives of those who should be able to travel to this country—and to our campus—to engage in work of real purpose and value. Moreover, it sends the wrong message about the critical importance of diverse views in the advancement of knowledge.
Ensuring the free and open exchange of ideas among individuals with different cultures and backgrounds is vital to Barnard’s mission of academic excellence. As such, we will continue to work closely with our higher education peers, our community and elected officials to do everything we can to support our international students, faculty, scholars, and staff who truly enrich our community.
As a reminder, members of our community who have questions may set up an initial legal consultation, free of charge, with immigration counsel. Students should work through Dean Wendy Garay at firstname.lastname@example.org, faculty through Dean Giorgio DiMauro at email@example.com, and staff through HR’s Robin Beltzer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Other relevant resources are listed online.
Sian Leah Beilock
President, Barnard College
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