Sarah Lawrence College Responds to Recent Executive Orders

On January 30, in a message to the Sarah Lawrence community, President Karen R. Lawrence addressed recent executive orders by President Donald Trump:

During the past four days, we have witnessed some extraordinary and chilling executive actions emanating from the White House. The president of the United States has issued orders that challenge many of the core principles of a civil, ethical and open society. The “temporary” but sweeping ban on immigration and travel from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen in the name of security has many of the hallmarks of discrimination against a world religion. The order threatening to withhold federal funds from municipalities providing sanctuary and protection to law-abiding undocumented residents is terribly shortsighted.

We know of no Sarah Lawrence students or families directly affected by the recent immigration ban. However, Assistant Dean Shirley Be in our Office of International Student Services for undergraduate students and Alba Coronel, International Graduate Student Advisor, remain ready during this period of uncertainty to assist students who have questions regarding travel on a student visa.

As I stated in my community message from November 2016, Sarah Lawrence College will continue its commitment to students, faculty, and staff as a sanctuary campus. For us this means that all students, regardless of citizenship status, have equal protection under the College’s community standards and principles of mutual respect. Within the framework of the law, the College will not participate voluntarily in any effort by federal authorities to deport any student, faculty, or staff member solely on the basis of citizenship status nor disclose sensitive immigration information. And it means we will use, to the maximum extent possible, the College’s relationships with local, state, and federal authorities to protect the rights and interests of any students, faculty, or staff at immediate risk of deportation.

Sarah Lawrence College enrolls 240 international students who are citizens of 51 nations. The College is a community of students, faculty, and staff that values diversity and welcomes the exchange of ideas and perspectives that come from its global student body. We are one community.

Sincerely,

Karen Lawrence
President, Sarah Lawrence College