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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:

  • Earlham College affirms respect for persons; this executive order fundamentally disrespects persons.
  • Earlham College affirms community; this executive order undermines community.
  • Earlham College affirms integrity; this executive order operates as though the persons it targets do not deserve the same presumption and affirmation of integrity extended to others.
  • Earlham College affirms peace and justice; this executive order is blatantly unjust in its unfair targeting of individuals and violent in the profoundly uncaring and demeaning manner in which it pursues its aims.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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Richmond, Indiana
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Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.