Faculty Statement Concerning Recent Government Immigration Actions
We the undersigned faculty members state the following concerning recent government immigration actions:
College of New Rochelle—the first Catholic women’s college in New
York State—was founded to expand the availability of quality higher
education to those to whom it was restricted. One hundred and
thirteen years later, our dedication to the principles of inclusion
and opportunity is greater than ever before.
are an institution of remarkable diversity. Our community includes
women and men of various ethnicities, beliefs, backgrounds, and
sexual orientations. It includes women and men from North America,
South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. It includes
Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, atheists, and others.
It includes U.S. citizens, immigrants, foreign visitors, and
undocumented residents. This diversity is not just part of our
identity. It is our strength. It is fundamental to who we are as a
Last month, President Trump
signed an executive order restricting travel to the United States
from seven Muslim-majority countries. While the legality of this order has
been challenged, the government continues to issue new policies. In this climate of uncertainty and anxiety, we wish to
reaffirm our commitment to the well-being of our students, and to the
ideals of justice, ecumenism, equity, and mutual respect.
as important, we wish to offer our support and counsel to those
students who may be directly affected by recent events, and who may
be concerned about how to interpret or respond to them. Your safety,
your security, and your privacy are of the utmost importance to us.
We stand ready to offer you whatever advice or guidance you may need.
Our doors are open to you.
Mission Statement asserts: “The College is committed to a respect
and concern for each individual.” No student, no matter where they
come from or how they worship, is omitted from this sentiment. Now
more than ever, we wish this to be clear.