Dear faculty, staff and students,
Let me begin by joining UM System President Middleton and President-designate Choi in expressing my personal support for our international students and scholars. You are an essential part of our university community. We welcome you and value you. My leadership team and I are here to support you in any way possible.
In the days ahead, we will continue to work closely with our federal and state senators and representatives on this matter. We will continue to emphasize the central role our international community plays at MU, our state’s premier public research university. Our success depends on your intellectual capital and drive, and our future depends on your excellent teaching and high-level research in all disciplines, including the scientific, medical and technological fields that fuel human progress. We could not do what we do without you. We will make clear to our representatives the value of your place here and the importance of your roles in our enterprise.
I can assure you that our voices are being heard loudly and clearly in Washington. AAU President Mary Sue Coleman, APLU President Peter McPherson and ACE President Molly Broad have expressed our concerns, and those of other universities, to government leaders. We will continue to join with them in vigorous discourse. They lead the most powerful academic alliances in the country and multiply the force of our voices within our nation’s capital.
More immediately, if you find yourself directly affected by these recent developments, please tell us so that we can help you. If you have concerns or questions, please contact my staff for help, guidance or reassurance. In particular, reach out to Dr. Jim Scott in International Programs; Dr. Cathy Scroggs in Student Affairs; Dr. Kevin McDonald in Inclusion, Diversity and Equity; or Dr. Mark McIntosh, who oversees both research and graduate studies.
Lastly, please call on me, too. I care and want to reassure you. I am optimistic this will work out, but in the meantime, know you have our support and caring.