Letter to the Community on Immigration

January 30, 2017

The following letter from President David. J. Chard, Ph.D., was emailed to the Wheelock community on Monday, January 30, 2017:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Like many across our campus communities here in Massachusetts and abroad, I've followed the Executive Orders issued by President Trump with concern, sadness and frustration.

The President's recent order banning immigrants and refugees of seven predominantly Muslim nations from entry to the United States strikes at the core values of our nation. I believe this action is unacceptable and unbefitting of the Office of the President. Hundreds of thousands of people, however, have stood up in the face of this abusive action—marching across the country and around the globe—in strong protest. The widespread outcry, coupled with court orders in New York and Boston ordering a temporary halt on implementation of the ban nationwide, demonstrates the power of democracy and the importance of our system of checks and balances.

The strength of a nation lies in our diversity. The President's actions run counter to the College's mission to improve the lives of children and families as well as Wheelock's commitment to diversity and to excellence in learning, access and internationalism. We will protect and continue to advocate for our students, faculty and staff impacted directly or indirectly by these actions.

I fear that the President's attempt to govern from a place of divisiveness and controversy could grow stronger in the weeks to come. I encourage you to stay informed and make your voices heard. Continue to march. Continue to protest. Continue to speak out and stand up for the dignity of all human beings. Most importantly of all —continue to hope.

If you have any questions or require advice and/or support, please utilize the following resources:

Student Success
Thuy Truong
International Student Services Advisor
617-879-1480
Email: ttruong@wheelock.edu

Center for International Partnerships & Programs
Lauren Thorman
Director
Phone: 617-879- x2447
Email: lthorman@wheelock.edu

Student Life
Adrienne Kisner
Spiritual Life Coordinator
Phone: 617-879-1156
Email: akisner@wheelock.edu

Counseling Center
Phone: 617-879-2410
Email: counselingcenter@wheelock.edu

The College will continue to monitor developments at the Federal level closely and advocate against those that pose a threat to students, faculty and staff at Wheelock.

Sincerely,

David J. Chard, Ph.D.
President
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