A Conversation on the Executive Order on Immigration - Sacramento
February 23, 2017
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Medical Education Building- Lecture Hall 2222
UC Davis - Sacramento Campus
On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” that prevents persons from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia) from entering the United States. As many people were very concerned about how this decision affected our UC Davis community, Global Affairs organized an event with higher education leaders to hold a conversation on UC Davis’ commitment to supporting our community.
Interim Chancellor Ralph Hexter and representatives from Global Affairs, the Immigration Law Clinic, UC Davis Police Department and the School of Medicine were present to answer questions and hear community member's concerns, perspectives and stories.
During the first half of the event, Chancellor Hexter delivered the opening remarks in which he acknowledged that, “…the ramping up of immigration restriction and enforcement has been the cause of much worry and even fear among many across the nation, at UC, and here at UC Davis.” He later concluded his remarks by reiterating the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion stating that, “we [the UC Davis community] have affirmed that individuals of all backgrounds are welcome and valued in our communities, and they will continue to be welcomed and valued.”
Following the opening remarks, several UC Davis administrators, faculty, staff, and students were available to answer questions and respond to the concerns from the audience both formally during the program and in small group and individual discussions. Participants included:
- Holly Cooper, Co-director, Immigration Law Clinic at UC Davis
- Jennifer Garcia, Acting Police Chief, UC Davis Police Department
- Hendry Ton, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion; Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity; Director of Education, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, School of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion
- Simone Kueltz, Assistant Director, International Scholar Services, Services for International Students and Scholars, Global Affairs
- Gayle Oberlies, International Scholar Advisor, Services for International Students and Scholars.
- Sara Ehsani-Nia, UC Davis School of Law student
International students and scholars at UC Davis who need support or have questions about international travel should contact Services for International Students and Scholars or visit their page on the Executive Order on Immigration.