Kent State University President Beverly Warren released a statement Sunday evening in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order stopping individuals from seven countries from entering into the United States.

The order, which suspends travel into the U.S. by citizens of Iran Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, could potentially have a negative impact on KSU’s diverse community, she said. The statement offers information, guidance and support to members of the community.

“The faculty and staff of Kent State University affirm our longstanding commitment to be a welcoming, inclusive environment where all feel at home,” Warren stated. “That commitment does not change as political or social movements change.”

Staff at the Office of Global Education, Office of the Provost, Division of Student Affairs have been working to analyze the implications of the executive order and reach out to those who will be directly affected.
Warren encourages international students and scholars on the Kent campus not to travel outside of the United States for the time being. Anyone needing assistance related to international travel can contact the Office of Global Education by phone or email.
“Regardless of your visa or residency status, we will work closely with you and offer every support we have available at our university,” Warren stated.

The Office of Global Education is planning a “support session” to take place later this week that will bring together immigration law and other experts to provide additional information and answer questions. Details are still being confirmed.

Anyone with questions or concerns related to this issue can contact the Office of Global Education International Student and Scholar Services at 330-672-7980 or isss@kent.edu.