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Monday, January 30, 2017

Message in response to President Trump's executive order on visas and immigration

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

I am writing in regards to President Trump's recent executive order, which impacts students, refugees, immigrants, and permanent residents. I echo University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler's response and commitment to our campus community. Please take a minute to read his message. 

At UMD, we have students and faculty from the countries identified in the executive order. Our International Student Services staff have been in direct contact with these students and are providing on-going resources and support. Students with questions or those seeking further information are encouraged to contact International Student Services or the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  UMD employees with questions regarding their status are encouraged to contact UMD's Human Resources department.   

UMD remains committed to our values of learning, discovery, engagement, inclusiveness, sustainability, integrity, and excellence. I am proud of our heritage and history of welcoming students, faculty, and staff from around the world. We will continue to prepare all of our students to be globally engaged citizens. We will continue to embrace diversity. We will continue to provide support to members of our campus community who are adversely affected.  We will continue to work against discrimination and hate on our campus and within our community.

As this situation continues to unfold, be assured that campus leadership is engaged and monitoring the situation. To members of our campus community who are directly affected, please know that UMD is committed to promoting social justice, and you will continue to receive our full support.     


Chancellor Lendley Black