Jan. 30, 2017
At the Community College of Rhode Island, we are proud to be an open access college welcoming all who seek to pursue postsecondary education. We know many of our students are first in their family to attend college. We know many are first generation Americans, making them part of our country's strong tradition of immigration. This tradition defines the very heart of who we have been and who we must continue to be. The diversity of our students reflects the diversity of our state, and it is one of our college's greatest strengths.
At CCRI, equity and inclusion are at the core of our community's values. It is our commitment that our college will be a place of safety and respect, a place where a person can come study, teach, or work without fear no matter their religion, country of origin or immigration status. That is why, last fall, CCRI joined more than 600 colleges and universities signing a letter supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. President Trump signing the recent executive order on immigration and refugees again requires us to speak out and affirm our passionate commitment to equity and inclusion.
CCRI joins the national higher education community in working to understand the implications of the executive order, and we clearly recognize the uncertainty and deep concern generated from these recent events. We share this concern. Our college leadership is vigorously engaged in statewide and national discussions about these issues, and we are aggressively focused on ensuring our community continues to be served the way it deserves. We will actively monitor and communicate further developments as our understanding of the implications of this executive order deepens. Finally, we stand proudly and firmly in support of our community members and their families who may be personally affected by this executive order.
President, Community College of Rhode Island