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Faculty & Staff

Jan. 30, 2017

Members of the Winthrop Campus Community:

On Friday, President Trump issued an executive order banning individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries (Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen) from entering the United States. The order also suspends for 120 days the refugee resettlement program.

The effects of the order remain unclear, and we are working to ascertain the extent to which students, faculty, and staff may be impacted by it. Thankfully, to our knowledge we currently do not have members of the campus community who are abroad and unable to re-enter the United States.

This moment demands we re-affirm our commitment to our entire Winthrop Family. Nowhere is that commitment better expressed than through our Global Learning Initiative which seeks to prepare our students to be educated and involved global citizens, to understand their place in global society and their responsibilities to human society at large, and to take great joy at celebrating the very rich cultures of their communities, states, regions, nations, and world.

At Winthrop we derive our strength from our unity of purpose: to provide our students, faculty and staff – regardless of their religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender or sexual orientation – with the opportunity to live, learn and work together in a supportive environment that cultivates excellence.

We will continue to investigate the implications of this order, and we will provide updates, should we learn more. If you have questions or concerns about your status and travel options, please contact the Winthrop University International Center at 803-323-2133 during normal office hours.

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