Dear Steinhardt Community,
We are appalled by the new rules issued this week by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement limiting our international students’ ability to study in the United States. We condemn these rules in the strongest possible terms; they are antithetical to our values. This action would be repugnant at any moment; but now, in the midst of a global health pandemic and when students are finalizing their Fall academic plans, it is unconscionable. Doing so increases students’ uncertainty and fear and is a painful reminder of our country’s systemic racism and xenophobia. Diversity and inclusion are essential values of NYU Steinhardt. Make no mistake – the protection, well-being, and success of international students are key to delivering on these values.
We support the University’s efforts to reverse these rules: filing an amicus brief against the rules, lobbying elected officials, and working directly with the Association of American Universities and American Council on Education to pursue additional legal and advocacy options.
At Steinhardt, we have unequivocally assured our international students that we identified and redesigned courses to meet any need for in-person instruction should the policy stand. These options will be embedded into their existing course of study. Students can contact their advisor for individualized support. We will do whatever it takes to protect our students.
In closing I want to speak directly to our international students:
I want you to know, especially in the wake of these unjust rules, that you are a part of our community and we stand by your side. In the last three days, faculty and administrators have engaged in community organizing, signed petitions, and written to elected officials. This is only a beginning – we pledge to continue to fight for your rights.
Your perspectives and experiences are a vital part of Steinhardt’s vibrant national and global community of educators, artists, and media and health professionals. Only together can we deliver on our NYU Steinhardt promise to make a positive impact on the world.
Professor of Applied Psychology