The following is a message to the Earlham community from President David Dawson in response to a U.S. executive order on immigration and refugees.
January 29, 2017
On Friday, January 27, 2017, U.S. President Trump signed an executive order that suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocked entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. (The full scope of the executive order could be wider depending on how it comes to be interpreted by government or courts, but this is our current understanding of its principal impact).
This action disrespects the fundamental values essential to Earlham’s character, identity and our basic human values of ethical caring and responsibility and will have harmful consequences for many persons, including many students enrolled at colleges and universities.
Drawing on our institutional statement of values, Principles and Practices, we can make this clear:
January 28, 2017
Earlham Student Government (ESG) 2017 is troubled and dismayed by the Executive Order signed by US President Donald J. Trump on January 27, 2017, suspending entry of all immigrants and non-immigrants from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Syria, and Yemen). Such a ban on immigration is unethical and has very real, detrimental consequences for hundreds of thousands of immigrants. ESG 2017 collectively denounces President Trump’s immigration ban, and will work to support Earlham students regardless of national origin or immigration status. We are also dedicated to being facilitators of any discussions that may need to take place, and wish to offer, and foster an environment of, solace and solidarity.
ESG 2017 also urges the Earlham College senior staff and administration, as well as the Board of Trustees, to respond to this Executive Order promptly and in a manner consistent with the Quaker values of our College. ESG 2017 looks to the College’s Principles and Practices for guidance in such a distressing time, and encourages College leadership to do the same. Our founding Principles and Practices of “Respect for Persons,” “Community,” “Integrity,” and “Peace and Justice” seem particularly pertinent in this situation.
January 31, 2017
Earlham President David Dawson and the Presidents of all the Great Lakes Colleges Association member colleges signed a letter from the American Council on Education (ACE) to the Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly on maintaining the United States as the Destination of Choice for Students and Scholars.
“We support efforts to enhance the nation’s security. We also believe that it is in our collective interest to ensure that the United States remains the destination of choice for the world’s best and brightest students, faculty and scholars.
“The roughly one million international students that attend U.S. colleges and universities add to this country’s intellectual and cultural vibrancy, and they also yield an estimated economic impact of $32.8 billion and support 400,000 U.S. jobs, according to recent estimates.”
December 12, 2016
The following is a statement from President David Dawson.
In reaction to the recent national election-related political discussion concerning immigration enforcement, fears and concerns are arising in our community.
The leadership of Earlham College, including the Board of Trustees, would like to explain how the College is responding in this environment and highlight ways in which the College will continue to protect and care for its community members.
In particular, I want to affirm that Earlham will continue to follow our current policy of requiring a warrant before accommodating the actions of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, or other local, state or federal law enforcement authorities, on campus. Furthermore, we will continue to protect student privacy to the fullest extent under the law, and we will continue to provide support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students.
December 5, 2016
President David Dawson has joined 450 college presidents across the country in signing a statement in support of deferred action on undocumented immigrant students pursuing higher education.
The statement, which comes one month after the U.S. presidential election, calls for the country’s leaders to uphold, continue and expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The American immigration policy, which was started by President Barack Obama in 2012, allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.
"The core mission of higher education is the advancement of knowledge, people, and society,” the statement reads. “As educational leaders, we are committed to upholding free inquiry and education in our colleges and universities, and to providing the opportunity for all our students to pursue their learning and life goals.”
November 16, 2016
President David Dawson has joined more than 100 college presidents from the Annapolis Group in signing an open letter to President-Elect Donald Trump.
The letter urges Trump to condemn and work to prevent harassment, hate, and acts of violence — forcefully and unequivocally. The Annapolis Group comprises about 130 leading national independent liberal arts colleges that have similar interests and concerns centering on the values of liberal arts education that inform their missions.
In the days following the 2016 presidential election, Earlham College has worked to create spaces for reflection on the election results. The College made a special effort to offer support to those who feel threatened after a particularly divisive election season.