Dear International Programs students,
Many of you have heard about President Trump’s order to stop citizens from seven countries from coming to the United States. Those countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. This is a temporary action. It will last 3 months. Then, we expect, it will end. We don’t currently have any students from these countries in our programs.
We want you to read this part very carefully. Please understand this: We are happy you are here with us in Southern California. We value you. We want you. We respect you. You are welcome at UC Irvine.
Students and visitors from all other countries and all faiths are welcome in the United States. President Trump’s order did not change that. There is nothing you have to do differently. Many educators, politicians, and other leaders are working hard to make sure our government continues to support and welcome students from every country in the world.
Over the weekend, University of California Irvine Chancellor Gillman sent a letter to the UCI community. In that letter, he said international students and professors are very important to UCI. He believes that UCI is a learning community that gives everyone a chance to succeed. It is a community that shows respect for every culture and religion.
International Programs teachers and staff think we are so lucky to work with students like you every day. We learn so much from you. And you fill us with hope because you will be future leaders in the world. You understand the importance of making friendships with people of every nation—and showing care and compassion to those in need. Please know that you are always welcome in our International Programs family.
If President Trump’s order has caused you to feel extra emotional, and you would like some support, please know that our International Student Support Manager, Ms. Cindy Lefmann, cares and is available to help you. Her office telephone number is 949-824-6872, and the Student Crisis Assistance telephone number is 949-874-5440.
If you have any questions about recent events or about your important place in International Programs, please contact me or arrange to see me. My office telephone number is 949-824-2679, and my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for trusting us with your educational experience. We hope you feel our sincere welcome!