Below is the full text of President Rick Miller's letter (used in this project): 

 

To All Members of the Olin Community,

An executive order signed last Friday by the President of the United States imposes a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the country.  It also prohibits refugees from entering the U.S. indefinitely.  Finally, it bans the citizens of seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) from entering the United States for the next 90 days.  The executive order, and the abrupt and disruptive manner in which it was implemented, has caused deep concern and upheaval around the world, and uncertainty on our own campus.

The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff are our immediate concern, so we are working to find out if any members of the Olin community were directly affected by this executive order.  As of right now, it does not appear that any Olin students, faculty or staff were directly affected.  However, if you have information to the contrary, please let Michelle Davis (michelle.davis@olin.edu) know immediately.  Regardless, many of us also have relatives, friends and colleagues who are affected by this or simply have deep concerns about the impact this new initiative may have.

We are closely monitoring the unfolding events related to this order and seeking to gain more insight into how this will affect our community in the months ahead.  In the meantime, please be assured that we do not and would not share confidential educational, financial aid or admissions records with anyone unless required to do so by law.

In spite of the current uncertainty, Olin College remains deeply committed to our mission and purpose, and to our core values.  According to our Founding Precepts, Olin College was established to “…be an important and constant contributor to the advancement of engineering education in America and throughout the world…”  We will continue to pursue this mission with resolve and enthusiasm.  Our impact in the world relies on global engagement and collaboration—and in the last five years we have hosted about 2,000 representatives from more than 750 different institutions representing 50 different countries.  Our powerful learning culture depends fundamentally on the extensive use of inclusive teamwork focused on human-centered engineering in diverse environments.  We will do whatever we can to preserve and build upon this special culture that has served us so well.  We remain committed to our values of free exchange of ideas, global engagement and diversity of all kinds.

As members of the Olin community, we have the opportunity to model the behaviors the country needs.  Olin’s core values of integrity and respect for others ask of us that we stand by what we believe is right in the face of adversity while expressing our views in a constructive and respectful manner.  I hope we will each take a moment to envision a positive and inclusive future, and do whatever we can to help build it. 

The Office of Student Affairs will be the primary point of contact for students who may have questions about this executive order.  In addition, Academic Affairs and Human Resources are prepared to help faculty and staff.  Remaining respectful and supportive of each other during this time of uncertainty will make Olin a stronger, more resilient community for us all.

 

Rick

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Richard K. Miller, Ph.D.

President and Professor