"We will continue to uphold our mission and our core Mercy Values."
As Carlow’s president, I am deeply concerned by the recent executive order that had been issued concerning U.S. immigration policy. I first want to assure our students, faculty, and staff that we are committed to making sure everyone here in our community is treated with dignity and respect, and people of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome. We will continue to uphold our mission and our core Mercy Values.
Carlow stands in solidarity with fellow institutions across the nation, including those of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), in recognizing the “moral obligation of our country” to offer assistance to those who are fleeing persecution. For the full statement of the ACCU please go to: http://www.accunet.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageID=3827 Just and humane immigration reform is also a critical concern of the Sisters of Mercy, our founding sponsor.
The confusion surrounding the execution of this order has created anxiety and fear in those currently studying, living and working in the United States; those who had planned to travel to our country for work or study; and those who do not know if they will be able to return if they leave the United States to visit their families in their home countries. If anyone in the Carlow community is affected by the recent executive order, I encourage you to contact the Office of Student Affairs or Office of Human Resources for more information. Legal challenges that are already in motion mean that details of the order are likely to change on short notice so you are urged to keep current on what is transpiring.
Our nation has always been a beacon of hope for immigrants from countries around the world. Some of the immigrants who made their way to the United States were our parents, grandparents, friends and colleagues.
I ask all members of the Carlow University community to reach out to those who may be most vulnerable or affected by this executive order. Our university has a long and proud history of standing up to injustice and giving voice to those in need. Social justice at Carlow has never been a spectator sport. It is time to reaffirm our core values of respect, hospitality and mercy. And it is time to work together to make this a just and merciful world for us all.
Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD