Published: Feb 10 2017 12:00AM
The Faculty Council Feb. 2 unanimously approved a statement of support for members of the College community affected by President Trump's recent executive action on travel. The statement also reaffirms the MC values of inclusion and tolerance and says the faculty stands by "all members of our College community."
Following is the full text of the statement:
<i>Recent weeks have brought a series of rapid and dramatic changes to our country, including last week's travel ban imposed by the federal government on visitors and immigrants from several countries. The ban has already had far-reaching effects on our colleagues, students, friends, and families.
As a result of this ban, some students have been unable to re-enter the country to complete the degrees they began. Some students and faculty have unexpectedly found themselves unable to be reunited with their families or to respond to family emergencies. Many no longer feel safe due to the climate of uncertainty and in some cases, hostility.
Our Montgomery College community has always been a place of inclusion, of safety, of tolerance. Now, at a time when those values appear to be threatened from the outside, it is more necessary than ever to affirm that all are welcome and to recognize that our strength lies in our diversity. The faculty stands by all members of our College community, and we will support our students and colleagues affected by this ban in any way that is open to us.</i>
The Faculty Council also unanimously passed a recommendation that the College administration establish on each campus a point of contact for students and employees affected by executive action on immigration. The recommendation will be forwarded to the College Council for consideration.
The council held an extended discussion on ways faculty can assist students and colleagues affected by the executive order and how faculty can foster an environment in which all members of the College community feel safe.