To the Goddard Community:
Goddard is of the world, not separate from the world, so what issues from the White House affects our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends.
The President signed an executive order declaring a 90-day ban on entry into the United States by citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations. This order fundamentally contradicts the values of our community and nation.
We will continue to investigate the ways in which this order impacts the lives of members of our community. We will provide information and support – and defend – students, faculty, and staff who are unjustly barred from entering the United States.
On these matters we will not be silent:
- We believe it is our responsibility to confront attempts to dismantle equal protections under the law;
- We oppose any action that target individuals on the basis of race, religion, or country of birth; and
- We work to overturn these new travel restrictions and to resist any effort to weaken or eliminate protections offered under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
I am proud of the many ways in which members of our community have shown up in spirit, using their voices, and through public action.
Our vigilance matters, particularly when this administration has yet to demonstrate a willingness to act with good will, listen to justifiable opposition, or learn from those with greater experience or insight. We cannot be silent when, with the stroke of a pen, the most vulnerable among us become targets of those in control of one of the world’s most powerful nations.