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Statement Concerning Executive Order on Immigration

In the days following President Trump's executive order instituting a travel ban, many members of our community have been filled with a sense of unease. Many fear for the well-being of family and friends, while others cautiously await the outcome of this rapidly unfolding situation. While I share your concerns, I remain resolute in the College's commitment to serving our entire community. Regardless of where you come from, or what you believe, you are welcome at RCC.

RCC, like all community colleges in the US, was founded on the principle of open access to education. Our mission statement is clear: We provide a nurturing environment, where all community members are welcome, regardless of past education. We transform lives through excellence and innovation, preparing our learners for active citizenry and success in a changing world. While the recent executive order is inherently opposed to our mission and the very definition of open-access education, the College will remain true to its mission and purpose.

We will continue to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. We will continue to open our doors to students, faculty, staff and community members who share a broad range of social, religious and political beliefs. We will continue to host a range of events for the public good. And, most importantly, we will continue to support our students, inside and outside of the classroom.

To RCC students, faculty and staff: I encourage you to use our on-campus resources to receive important information and referrals.

Please contact the Project Access Office for information on immigration services and other social service supports.
Ms. Lisa Carter
Project Access
Building 2
lcarter@rcc.mass.edu
617-427-5009

International (I-20 Visa) students should maintain contact with the International Student Office.
Ms. Gloria Castro Orjuela
Enrollment Center
Building 2
gcastro@rcc.mass.edu
617-427-5413

At RCC, and in Boston, diversity is our greatest asset. While we come from many different backgrounds, our commitment to making our community and our city great unite us all. At RCC we will continue to value diversity, to respect our neighbors, and to comfort those in need.

Over my time at RCC, I've seen our community and our city experience many hardships: and yet, when all is said and done, acts and words meant to divide us only bring us together.

Know that as a member of our community, I stand with you. The College stands with you. And we cannot be moved.

Sincerely,

Dr. Valerie Roberson
President, Roxbury Community College