To the members of the VCUarts community both in Richmond and Doha,
In light of recent restrictions on entry to the United States, by Presidential Executive Order, affecting people possessing visas and green cards from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, I want to alert you to the message sent on Sunday by Virginia Commonwealth University. In it, President Rao and Vice Presidents Rappley and Hackett affirm that, “We have joined with hundreds of other higher education leaders to call for continued protections and access for our students affected by the DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] program, and the university is working broadly to examine how we can support our community members affected by this new executive order.” Likewise, we in the School of the Arts are committed to the members of our expansive community. We are defined by our students, faculty, and staff. We are, because you all are. We are proud to be at an institution and in a state that vows to advocate on behalf of its community members. We are steadfast in our resolve to support their positive efforts.
James Frazier, EdD, MFA (Professor)
Interim Dean, School of the Arts
Special Assistant to the Provost for VCUarts in Qatar
Virginia Commonwealth University