January 29, 2017
Dear Rensselaer students,
As you are likely aware, an executive order signed by President Trump on Friday has restricted the entry of individuals from seven countries into the United States. These countries include Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. This action may directly or indirectly affect members of the Rensselaer family.
For students who are impacted by this action, or would like to talk about their feelings, I encourage you to reach out to staff from the Division of Student Life for assistance. The team in the residential commons, class deans, counseling staff, Dean of Students, religious affairs, athletic coaches and others are here and available for you.
International students who have specific questions about visas and travel are encouraged to contact the office of International Services for Students and Scholars in Academy Hall 4226 by emailing ISSSOffice@rpi.edu or calling (518) 276-4966.
We are a community that values inclusivity, dialogue, and above all a safe environment for growth and learning. As such, I invite you to participate in campus programs that allow you to discuss these issues and explore the diversity that strengthens our campus and our world.
The Rensselaer Union has regularly scheduled programs that you might find helpful. “Brave Space” dialogues provide students and staff a space to discuss and process today’s issues and find support among peers and Rensselaer staff. “Let’s Talk” sessions focus on teaching students skills to communicate across difference, and developing understanding of their identities and the impact those identities have on their interactions with others.
For more information on these programs please visit http://union.rpi.edu. Additional programs and opportunities to learn together as a community are being scheduled and details will be available on the Student Life homepage at http://studentlife.rpi.edu.
Thank you for supporting and caring for each other. We are one Rensselaer.
Frank E. Ross III, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Life