AICAD’S RESPONSE TO EXECUTIVE ORDER ON REFUGEE AND IMMIGRATION POLICY

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Reposted from http://www.aicad.org/aicad-responds-executive-order-refugee-immigration-policy/

February 1, 2017
Deborah Obalil, President & Executive Director, AICAD

The Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD) has had a multidecade exchange program in place among its member institutions that in this dark hour will help to mitigate the impacts on affected students planning to study at US institutions. All Canadian member institutions of AICAD will accept any international students who planned to study at a US member institution, and all credits will be fully transferable to any other AICAD member institution. AICAD is proud of its long-time commitment to international exchange and partnerships, and will not allow this discriminatory action to change that tradition.

“The Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design, a consortium of the leading 42 specialized schools of visual art and design in the US and Canada, stands with our colleagues across higher education in both countries in advocating against the executive order signed by US President Donald Trump on January 27, 2017, that limits entry by citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations. AICAD member institutions are firmly committed to supporting diversity among their students, faculty and staff, welcoming individuals of all ethnicities and religious affiliations from across the globe.

As stated by the Association of American Universities, “The order is stranding students who have been approved to study here and are trying to get back to campus, and threatens to disrupt the education and research of many others.” AICAD has had a multi-decade exchange program in place among its member institutions that in this dark hour will help to mitigate the impacts on affected students planning to study at US Institutions.

All Canadian member institutions of AICAD will accept any international students who planned to study at a US member institution, and all credits will be fully transferable to any other AICAD member institution. AICAD is proud of its long-time commitment to international exchange and partnerships, and will not allow this discriminatory action to change that tradition. We stand united against policies that are counter to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and the global sharing of knowledge that are core to the educational missions of all our members.”
Deborah Obalil, President & Executive Director, AICAD

Also see this article posted in the University Affairs journal

Canada’s universities “deeply concerned” by Trump travel ban
The impact of the executive order is “real, immediate and profound,” says Universities Canada head Paul Davidson.
http://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/canadas-universities-deeply-concerned-trump-travel-ban/

Universities Canada, on behalf of its 97 member institutions, has expressed its “deep concern” about President Donald Trump’s executive order barring travellers from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) from entering the United States for 90 days.

The organization stated on Jan. 29 that the U.S. action affects research partnerships, international studies, academic conference participation and more. It added: “Canada’s universities continue to welcome students, faculty and staff from around the world, including those seeking refuge from violence and hardship. They strengthen Canada’s university communities, bringing new knowledge, talent and skills to higher education, research and innovation – to the benefit of all Canadians.”

Read more at http://www.univcan.ca/media-room/media-releases/statement-response-u-s-executive-order/

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