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Alfred University President Mark Zupan Pledges 'Strength through Diversity,' 'Social Justice'
2/03/17

“Forging strength through diversity and social justice has been a long-standing hallmark of our University,” Alfred University President Mark Zupan stressed this week in the aftermath of U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order barring entry to the United States by citizens of seven Middle Eastern countries regardless of their possession of valid non-diplomatic visas, or “green cards,” granting them residency.  

“Especially in light of President Trump’s executive order on Friday regarding immigration,” Zupan said Sunday in an email to all Alfred University students, faculty and staff, “I wanted to let you know that Alfred University will remain unwavering it its commitment to and support of the members of our community irrespective of their religious beliefs, gender, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation. We look forward to doing all that we can to assist members of our community that may be affected by the executive order.”

According to Alfred University’s Office of International Programs, the University currently sponsors 58 students with visas on its Alfred campus. The University has declined to specify how many students, faculty or staff are affected by President Trump’s executive order, citing those individuals’ right to privacy.

In addition to pledging the University’s full support of all students, faculty and staff, Zupan identified five specific resources on campus that will provide support for any member of the Alfred University community affected by President Trump’s executive order:

International Programs Coordinator:  Jeanne Marion (marion@alfred.edu)
Dean of Students:  Norm Pollard (pollard@alfred.edu)
Public Safety:  607-871-2108
Human Resources: Mark Guinan (guinan@alfred.edu)
Bias Response Team:  http://my.alfred.edu/index.cfm/fuseaction/brt.home.cfm?CFID=12813288&CFTOKEN=86921345&jsessionid=2c301444424323feb66e5167c4c145e6c315

Additional information is available at http://www.alfred.edu/students/diversity-support-initiatives.cfm.