President Reflects on Executive Order on Immigration
February 01, 2017
President David W. Bushman released the following statement to the College community.
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,
On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order that includes a 90-day ban on entry to the United States by citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. In addition, the executive order suspends the United States’ refugee program while its screening process is reviewed. Federal judges from several jurisdictions, including Virginia, have intervened to temporarily stay certain parts of the order. I anticipate that additional legal proceedings will be forthcoming, and we will follow these developments carefully.
While Bridgewater College does not currently have any students here on immigrant visas from the countries named above, many of us may have family and friends who are being directly impacted, and all of us are navigating questions about what this executive order means for our College and our country.
At Bridgewater College we are committed by mission to be a “welcoming, diverse and vibrant community” that teaches students to live “ethical lives in a global society.” Those are not simply buzz words. Diversity of thought, diversity of background and diversity of opinion are cornerstones of higher education, enhancing the learning experience for each of us here at BC and at colleges and universities across the country. Our campus is enriched by the presence, intelligence and contributions of each of our students, and we seek to uphold the dignity and safety of every person and to work for the common good of our community, our state and our nation. I can assure you that the College’s commitment to inclusion and diversity will not change.
We are all privileged to be a part of the Bridgewater family—a community that values Goodness, Truth, Beauty and Harmony in all it does. Of the many things that you will learn here at Bridgewater, one of the most important is the ability to engage with and learn from the differences you see in others. I encourage you to embrace the richness and diversity of our community, in the sure knowledge of our shared human dignity, and to be a model for those around us.