U.S. President Trump's executive order (EO) on immigration signed on Friday, January 27, 2017, contains several measures that directly impact our community. On January 30, 2017, in a message to the UConn community, UConn President Susan Herbst tasked Global Affairs with the responsibility of leading the institutional response.
President Herbst issued a second message on Thursday, February 2, 2017, which informed the community on how the executive order on immigration is impacting the University and reaffirmed UConn’s stance on this matter. Concurrently, Global Affairs sent a message to our partners around the world—joining the many other universities that have done so—expressing deep concern about the EO impacts and restating our commitment to global citizenship.
After discussion with University constituents, the President has decided to convene two groups: 1) President’s Working Group on Immigration Changes; and 2) President’s Faculty Advisory Committee. Each group will have a distinct set of objectives and responsibilities.
PRESIDENT’S WORKING GROUP ON IMMIGRATION CHANGES
This group will advise the President on operational matters to effectively respond to the EO and possible new legislation. Working group members are:
Rae Alexander, Director, International Student & Scholar Services
Jon Bauer, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Asylum & Human Rights Clinic, School of Law
Thomas Briggs, Graduate Student, University Senate Student Welfare Committee
Daniel Byrd, President of Undergraduate Student Government
Steven Cartagena, Undergraduate Student, Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Eleanor Daugherty, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Division of Student Affairs
Nathan Fuerst, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment & Director of Admissions, UConn Undergraduate Admissions
Jose Gascon, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Kent Holsinger, Vice Provost for Graduate Education & Dean of The Graduate School
Kazem Kazerounian, Dean, School of Engineering
Debra Kendall, Board of Trustee Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, School of Pharmacy; Senate Executive Committee
Stephanie Reitz, University Spokesperson, University Communications
Yuhang Rong, Assistant Vice President, Global Affairs
Lesley Salafia, Attorney, Office of the General Counsel
Daniel Weiner (Chair), Vice President, Global Affairs
PRESIDENT’S FACULTY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
This group—drawing primarily on faculty expertise across disciplines—will work with Global Affairs and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion to advise the President on strategic, intellectual, ethical and macro-level institutional policies and practices. The group will also recommend ideas that encourage campus conversation about the implications of the EO and possible new immigration legislation. The composition and mandate of this group, which will be led by Richard Wilson, Gladstein Chair of Human Rights and Professor of Anthropology & Law, is currently being planned.