A Statement from the Dean of the Indiana University School of Dentistry 

Regarding Recent Executive Orders Involving Immigration

 

February 2, 2017

 

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

I am writing to affirm that the IU-IUPUI School of Dentistry endorses the statements issued by IUPUI Chancellor Paydar and IU President McRobbie this week regarding the recent U.S. immigration restrictions. The dental school remains unwavering in our commitment to ensure a welcoming, safe, civil, and inclusive community for all of our students, faculty and staff. President Donald Trump’s executive order issued last Friday, January 27, bans entry for at least 90 days by citizens of and refugees from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. This order strikes at the core of our values as a welcoming and inclusive campus that is committed to drawing the best and brightest from around the world to encourage a culture of intellectual achievement, innovation and service.

As President McRobbie mentioned in his message this past weekend, the executive order’s directives will have a significant impact on our international students and scholars, many of whom may be feeling uncertain and frightened. In response, we are advising all of our international students and scholars to allow additional time for visa processing, as wait times are expected to increase. We are also strongly recommending that citizens of the seven countries identified for new visitation restrictions not travel to any country outside of the U.S. at this time.

The School of Dentistry has been enriched throughout its long history by collaborations with students, scholars and universities around the globe. Our educational and research programs are immeasurably strengthened by the presence and contributions of a wide variety of perspectives and voices, including international students, scholars, and faculty. We welcome and support them without regard to their country of origin and are committed to fostering an environment where they can succeed. The dental school will continue our long-standing advocacy to expand our international presence both here and abroad.

I invite faculty, staff or students who need support during this time to please reach out to Dr. Michael Kowolik (faculty), Ms. Terri Ryckaert (staff) and Drs. Melanie Peterson/Pamela Shaw (students). Counseling services are also available on a walk-in basis at IUPUI Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) Monday through Friday, 9 am-4 pm, at Walker Plaza. Immigration concerns and questions can be addressed by the Office of International Affairs.

Our ultimate goal at the dental school is student success. In our curricula and programming, in our services and support, in our words and actions, everything we do aims toward preparing students to be excellent oral health care professionals who are active and engaged citizens and who will contribute their knowledge, energy, and passion to making this world a better place for all.

Sincerely, 

 

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Dr. John N. Williams

Dean