Dominican University Community:
As you know, on Friday, January 27th, President Trump signed an executive order restricting the admission to the United States of all refugees for 120 days and Syrian refugees indefinitely, and banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries. The resulting uproar around the country is mirrored in our own community, where students, faculty and staff are angry, discouraged and frightened.
This executive order runs contrary to everything that we believe as a faith-based, liberal arts university --- and as a diverse, democratic society. We stand against it, adamantly and publicly, as I did yesterday, in Washington, DC, with 100+ other Catholic university presidents at the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting.
I write now to assure you that Dominican University, as a designated Sanctuary Campus, will do everything possible to support members of our community at risk. We are actively reaching out to students and faculty immediately affected by the executive order, and, we continue to communicate regularly with students who are anxious about their immigration status, and those traveling outside the country.
There will be a university-wide forum on Thursday, February 2nd at 2:30 p.m., in the Bluhm Lecture Hall to share information and address concerns about the executive order. Joining us at this forum will be Sister Bernardine Karge, OP, an immigration attorney and a member of our Board of Trustees, and other experts on immigration issues.
This is a very challenging time for Dominican and for our country, and we will likely see more challenges in the future. I urge all members of our campus community to be respectful and supportive of one another, and to continue to advance the social justice principles that ground our mission --- and our democracy.
We stand together.
Donna M. Carroll