Jan. 30, 2017
This past Friday President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order that temporarily bans travel into the United States by citizens of seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. While the implementation and impact of this order is blurred and the news surrounding it continues to break, I am working with my leadership team on campus and across the Seattle Colleges District to monitor and assist students and employees who may be affected.
At this time, we have some current students from the countries noted in the Executive Order as well as students who have applied for Spring Quarter and are affected by the order. North’s new International Programs' Executive Director Dr. Cathy Lee Arcuino is an active leader within the National Association of International Educators, which has been meeting over the last few days to understand, predict and work to control the impacts of this order.
At this time, we encourage students from the affected countries and currently living in the U.S. to be very cautious about international travel.
Additionally, the President’s Office, as represented by Pam Racansky, the director of Diversity and Inclusion, is staying current on the changing legal landscape surrounding all Executive Orders dealing with immigration and will be connecting the college and the Opportunity Center for Employment and Education with community workshops regarding immigration matters. Information on those workshops will be communicated as soon as it is available.
As we have witnessed over the past 48 hours, information and direct impacts of this order have unfolded rapidly and are in flux. But one thing that remains steady is North Seattle College’s mission of “Changing Lives through Education.” We do this regardless of color, creed, nationality, gender, political affiliation or economic status. We thank you for choosing North Seattle College and for adding to our culture of learning.
Warren J. Brown, Ed.D.
President, North Seattle College
District Vice Chancellor for Instruction