In response to the White House Executive order on immigration, President Cornwell reaffirms Rollins College’s value of inclusion.
Cornell Campus Center (Photo by Scott Cook)
January 31, 2017
President Grant Cornwell’s address for the campus community
If the recent White House Executive Order restricting entry of nationals from certain countries stands, Rollins is concerned, first and foremost, for the well-being of our international students, faculty, and staff. The Office of International Student & Scholar Services along with Human Resources stands ready to advise and assist those affected.
Rollins is a compassionate, diverse community that celebrates cultural differences and believes that it is in the very encounter with different points of view that our mission is realized. Every day in our classrooms, around our campus, and in our city, we witness the good that comes from people of different nationalities, faiths, and ethnic heritages joining together in the spirit of cooperation and mutual respect. We believe this is the practice of being a global citizen, which, in part, helps strengthen democratic principles. It is a central part of our mission that we remain committed to honor and uphold.
It is not accidental that Rollins, with all of America’s finest liberal arts colleges, welcomes international students, faculty, and staff from all nations and faith traditions. These colleges were founded on principles of pluralism, recognizing the essentially American idea that we are a nation founded on inclusive, democratic ideals and composed of immigrants. Thus, we will persist with integrity, advancing our mission to educate students for global citizenship and responsible leadership, and welcoming students, faculty, and staff of all nationalities and faith traditions to join us in this noble purpose.
From the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at Rollins
In light of the Executive Order signed over the weekend banning nationals from the countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States for a temporary period of 90 days, the Office of International Student & Scholar Services (OISSS) wants to provide the community with information and guidance. If you are affected by this ban, you can seek advice from the OISSS or an immigration attorney before making plans to travel outside of the U.S. or return from abroad.
These resources are available on campus:
Office of International Student & Scholar Services
Office of the Dean of Students
Center for Inclusion and Campus Involvement
Center for Leadership and Community Engagement