This past weekend, President Trump issued an executive order that bans individuals from seven specific countries from entering the United States for 90 days, as well as implementing a ban on all refugees for 120 days.
The full ramifications of this ban are not clear; the NDSU Graduate School, as well as many other universities, have advised individuals from the seven named countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia) not to leave the country, as they will not be allowed to return.
This executive order has, at the least, created incredible uncertainty for our international and New American/refugee students, faculty and staff and, at worst, has stoked anxiety and fear: for what the future holds, what kind of plans can be made, and what sort of environment these official actions may create. This uncertainty and fear is real, both for our international students, faculty and staff, but also for those of us who have come to know these individuals as excellent students, valuable colleagues and indispensable staff.
At this point, there are more questions than answers. However, the faculty and staff signing this letter encourage any concerned members of the NDSU community to seek them out for questions. While we can’t provide specific counsel on immigration law, we will be supportive and help direct you to the resources you might need.
NDSU is a welcoming community. To our international and New American students, faculty and staff, know that we value you and are so glad that you are here. NDSU would not be the same without you.
Lisa Arnold, English
Betsy Birmingham, English
Sarah Boonstoppel, Criminal Justice
Kevin Brooks, English
Ann Burnett, Women and Gender Studies
Erin Conwell, Psychology
Stephanie Day, Geosciences
Kristen Fellows, Sociology and Anthropology
Tiffany Fier, Theatre
Gordon Fraser, English
Abby Gold, Public Health
Kara Gravley-Stack, Equity Office
Kendra Greenlee, Biological Sciences
Jessica Jensen, Emergency Management
Don Johnson, History
Jess Jung, Theatre
Paul Kelter, Office of Teaching and Learning
David Kurtti, Sociology
Jamee Larson, English
Bruce Maylath, English
Jill M. D. Motschenbacher, Office of Teaching and Learning
Kjersten Nelson, Political Science
Chelsea Pace, Theatre Arts
Kristine Paranica, NDSU Ombud
Dan Pemstein, Political Science
Casey Peterson, Student Success Program
Larry Peterson, Professor Emeritus, History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
Carrie Anne Platt, Communication
Amy Rupiper Taggart, English
Wendy Troop, Psychology
Pearl Walker-Swaney, Public Health
Christina Weber, Sociology