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Response to Executive Order on Refugees and Immigration

Dear Meredith Community,

Over the weekend, the executive order regarding refugees and immigration issued by President Donald Trump sparked fear, uncertainty and confusion across our campus and global communities.

With several court rulings in the last 72 hours and congressional discussions underway, there are many unknowns about the legal status of the order. What remains certain during this uncertain time is Meredith’s continued commitment to all members of our community, regardless of immigration status.

As a diverse and inclusive community with students, faculty and staff from all over the world, we hold firm in our resolve to celebrate the welcome diversity of our campus community and protect the security of our students.

Guided by these commitments, we have taken a number of steps to respond and make resources available to our campus community:

  • Meredith’s Offices of International Programs (OIP) and the Dean of Students have contacted international students to offer individual support and counsel. All international students have been advised to consult with Assistant Director of International Programs Leila Ghannad before making any travel arrangements. OIP is offering open advising hours tomorrow from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. for any Meredith student wishing to discuss concerns.
  • Counseling Center staff are available to help students process emotions and concerns.
  • The Chaplain’s Office offers a safe and welcoming space for faculty, staff and students to process concerns, either with a Meredith staff member or in silent meditation.
  • The Human Resources Office will continue to serve as the point of contact for any faculty/staff members with questions about how they may be impacted by the order.

I am also engaged with Congress and the broader higher education community about education-related concerns. In fact, I am in Washington, D.C. today meeting with legislators regarding concerns for higher education, including travel bans that affect our students, faculty, staff and their families.

We will continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation, even as we extend our efforts to be good stewards of education about those who are different from us and how those differences make us stronger.

Sincerely,
Jo Allen, President

Melyssa Allen

News Director
316 Johnson Hall
(919) 760-8087
Fax: (919) 760-8330

allenme@meredith.edu