NDNU President Greig’s Response to Immigration Executive Order

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : January 31, 2017

Belmont, Calif. – One of the many things that makes the Notre Dame de Namur University community so special is our diversity. We are a community formed by individuals from many walks of life, of every race and ethnicity, from many regions of the world, and with many different perspectives. Our diversity is a blessing that makes us stronger. We are honored that the gift of diversity is enshrined in the Hallmarks of NDNU, a legacy we have inherited directly from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

We want to respond to the recent Executive Order on immigration signed by President Trump last week. Like many of you, I am saddened by these recent actions that have caused so much confusion and fear.

First, and most important, we want all members of our community to know that we support you during this time of uncertainty. You are welcome here. You are an important part of the university. NDNU joined yesterday with other members of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) in expressing opposition to the recent Executive Order. You can read the statement from ACCU here.

Many of us are concerned. While we have no way to know how this issue will play out in the coming weeks or months, we want to offer some assurances to members of our community:

  • NDNU welcomes and supports students without regard to their immigration status. We will continue to admit students in a manner consistent with our non-discrimination policy. Once students are admitted, the university is committed to fostering an environment in which each student can flourish.
  • The university maintains a strong commitment to the privacy of student records for all students, consistent with state and federal laws. We do not provide information on immigration status to anyone except when required by law.

We will continue to monitor the situation and the impact it may have on our community and do our best to keep you updated. For international students concerned about the status of their student visas, please consult our International Students Office. Our Office of Counseling Services and Office of Spirituality are also available to assist.

Please know that we support you and recognize the value you add to the important work of NDNU.

Sincerely,
Judith Maxwell Greig, PhD
President

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