CMU issues statement about executive
order on immigration
The Central Michigan University family includes
students, faculty, staff and alumni from around the world with
wonderfully diverse backgrounds and identities. These differences,
including in perspective and knowledge, help make our university great
and enrich our academic contributions, research and service to others.
We work diligently to foster a diverse and inclusive
community where individuals of many races, genders, religions and other
identities feel safe and valued. Our commitment can be seen in our recruitment
from countries around the world, including the seven named in Friday
evening’s executive order issued by the president of the United States.
We have heard concerns expressed by students, faculty,
staff and alumni, and remind all that CMU’s core values include respect
and inclusiveness. In fact, I soon will appoint an ad hoc equity and
inclusion recommendation team to help us determine our university’s
path forward, as we value all members of our university community.
The federal order places at least a 90-day restriction
on entry into the U.S. if a person is a citizen of or was born in Iraq,
Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. We have been advised that
until further clarification or guidance is provided, these individuals
should exercise caution by refraining from international travel.
We encourage students and employees who plan to travel
outside of the U.S. and think they may be affected by the order, as
well as those concerned about their visa status, to contact the CMU
Office of International Affairs.
Please be assured that we will look out for one another
in the days and weeks ahead.
President George E. Ross
I am glad CMU has issued this statement. We are talking about information, what we collect, how we analyze and use it, how it affects people's lives and how we function as both a university and a nation.