Statement on September 22 executive order

UM-Dearborn is dedicated to being an open, accepting campus. We pride ourselves on having difficult—yet necessary—conversations and debates about various issues that impact our region, country and world. Some of these conversations include the systemic structures of racism and other societal problems that contribute to racial inequities in our country. Our university will continue to redress long-standing societal racism that has inhibited the success of too many of our neighbors and fellow citizens for too long. 

I stand shoulder to shoulder with U-M President Schlissel and Provost Collins in expressing my concern about the loathsome and regressive executive order issued by President Trump on September 22, which may undermine our efforts.  

Social change is often challenging and divisive in the short term. Dismantling sources of societal racism will no doubt lead to uncomfortable discussions. Deploying our academic freedom to address marginalization, oppression and societal racism will lead to healthier, stronger communities and eventually a more unified nation. 

UM-Dearborn remains firmly committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion and will continue working to create an atmosphere in which every person receives the dignity, respect, and opportunity they deserve.

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