The presidents of Wellesley College and Babson College have separately issued statements regarding the Trump administration executive order involving refugees and immigrants that sparked protests over the weekend.
In Wellesley College President Dr. Paula Johnson’s statement to the school community she wrote in part:
“There is much still to learn, and the situation is in flux, but the scope and reach of this executive order affects us all. We find ourselves facing a new world; how we act will define who we are as a community. My goal in this message is to convey our unwavering support for any and all of our community members affected by this executive order. We remain dedicated to your safety and to your unimpeded ability to take your place as a valued member of this community.”
Wellesley College’s administration is strongly advising members of its community from the 7 countries affected by the temporary immigration restrictions “not to travel beyond the borders of the United States. In fact, we suggest that all noncitizens defer travel outside of the United States while we await clarity.”
A working group is being convened at the college to explore the situation further.
In Babson President Kerry Healey’s statement, she emphasizes the school’s embrace of entrepreneurs “of every race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and socio-economic background.” Babson says it has students from 82 countries, alumni spanning 114 countries, and faculty and staff members hailing from six continents.
“Babson is one of the most internationally diverse campuses in the U.S. Consequently, our community is deeply alarmed by the President’s January 27 order banning citizens of seven countries entry to the U.S.,” Healey writes.