Father Graham's Letter to the Campus Community - Jan. 30, 2017

Dear Xavier Students, Faculty and Staff,

We joined our fellow Jesuit and Catholic universities over the weekend in standing up against several executive orders related to immigration issues. Today, I want to specifically address the order that temporarily bars entry into the U.S. for all refugees, as well as citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries. It’s important that as a community of learning and of faith, we support each other during this time, specifically members of our own international community here at Xavier.

We know there are at least three students, faculty or staff from the countries listed in the executive order. We do not believe they or their families are currently traveling or detained and our Center for International Education (CIE) has reached out to them to offer support.

We understand that members of our community might be experiencing uncertainty around this order and how it might affect them or their families. Please know we stand with you. Anyone who has questions about the executive order and how it might affect any Xavier students or employees, their families or their friends should contact May Lee Moua-Vue in the CIE at 513-745-2858 or mouavuem@xavier.edu.

I especially ask anyone with concerns to check in with the CIE before making travel plans. The CIE will continue to monitor the executive order and how it is being interpreted and implemented.

Xavier prepares students for a world that is increasingly diverse, complex and interdependent.  Furthermore, our Jesuit tradition compels us to be people for and with others. Driven by these commitments, I want to be clear that Xavier will remain steadfastly committed to being a diverse and inclusive community. All are welcome here regardless of faith, national origin or immigration status.

Please know that all of you and those you love best remain as always in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Cordially,
Mike Graham