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Update from NDMU on Executive Order Banning Travel to the U.S.

February 20, 2017

Dear Notre Dame Community: 

We want to provide a brief update on the University’s response to the recent White House executive order banning travel to the United States.

One of Notre Dame’s great strengths is our ability to foster an educational community that recognizes the value of diversity of experience, background, and thought. We know firsthand the academic, cultural, and economic benefits of inclusive landscapes that bring people together from across the globe to learn from each other and achieve great things. 

Please know that Notre Dame joined the American Council on Education, other higher education advocacy organizations, and over six hundred individual institutions in sending a letter to the Secretary of Homeland Security, expressing our values and concerns regarding the executive order. In addition, the University hosted an Immigration: Ethical and Religious Dimensions discussion forum on campus to facilitate a dialogue of this subject. 

For those seeking additional information, continue to monitor the website of the professional organization NAFSA: National Association of International Educators, as well as the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). These groups employ expert attorneys and policy analysts whose impartial and timely information concerning these policies and their impacts are very valuable. 

Notre Dame is a campus community founded on inclusion and transformation and now, more than ever, we must remember to keep these principles at the forefront of our educational experience.


Marylou Yam