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Quo Vadis? Trump's Executive Order and E pluribus Unum

2017-03-30

Kelechi Kalu, Vice Provost International Affairs at UCR spoke to International Student Admissions Service about Donald Trump's executive order. 


In The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Samuel P. Huntington argued that, “If demography is destiny, population movements are the motor of history.”

On the surface, some people see current events – terrorism and ultra-nationalism—across our world as a clash of civilizations – between them and us – without clearly specifying who “us” is and “them” are. However, we are always really talking about human beings; real people that are not different from us. 

People migrate for different reasons—to escape political, religious, and cultural exclusions or for more positive reasons—in search of education, economic opportunities; and, for love. Whatever the reason one leaves one demographic location to another, the mixing of cultures and peoples have always tended to enhance the well-being of migrants with significant and positive impacts on their host communities. Otherwise, how do we make sense of the vast migrations of Europeans in the last three centuries that has left North America the most economically and politically powerful geographic region in the current international system?

Clearly, while both force and diplomacy helped to welcome the first wave of immigrants into America’s shores, how Americans, in the foreseeable future, welcome other new migrants into their midst will significantly impact the sustainability of the American ideals of freedom, liberty, justice, civic engagement, democracy and other intangible and practical features embedded in the nation’s organizing dictum: E pluribus Unum.

While American political institutions and processes continue to sort out President Trump’s Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, we in International Affairs office will continue to work with different units across UC Riverside and the larger community to enhance our institution’s values and mission. 

At this time, we do not need further guidance than to look at the language in UCR’s Path to Preeminence. Part of its language of excellence and inclusion states, “… our goal is excellence in service of people everywhere. Our brand of excellence enriches lives, not only through the creation and dissemination of knowledge, but also through our dedication to an inclusive world view that values our differences and recognizes our common interests.” International Affairs office at UCR will focus on ensuring that our students, faculty, staff and their families who are affected by the EO have the best support infrastructure to enable them focus their attention on their studies, research, teaching and service to our community. 

Lastly, we in International Affairs office acknowledge the notion that “excellence is a dedication to civility, respect, and tolerance…” which thrives in a campus whose members speak, practice and nurture difference in all its forms. And, we will continue to serve all our students, faculty, scholars and staff from all cultural, religious and national backgrounds with dedication and integrity. 

 

- Kelechi Kalu Vice Provost International Affairs at UCR

 

International Affairs has hosted or participated in several meetings with students, scholars, faculty and staff (both on the main campus and at UCR Extension) regarding the Executive Order. On February 13, Dr. Muhamad Ali hosted a "Conversation on the Immigration Ban", an event that brought together UCR scholars and staff to share their insights by explaining and scrutinizing the executive order, discussing the American Muslim experience, and sharing campus resources available in response to the executive order.  With the recent ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, some anxiety has subsided. However, we understand that the situation is fluid and the conversations with the UCR community will be on-going. International Affairs remains committed to supporting our international community.  Resources for members of UCR Community: University of California, Office of the President

System-wide Resources

Resources at UC Riverside

UCR International Affairs Contacts:

  • Vice Provost, Kelechi Kalu
  • Kimberly Gentile, Interim Director - Contact regarding general inquiries/concerns on Executive Order
  • Kelly Eldridge Hinosawa – Associate Director, International Students and Scholars -  Contact regarding complex/regulatory status issues
  • Scott Hammel – International Students contact – Individual F-1 status questions
  • Stacy Mason – International Faculty contact -  Individual H-1B status questions
  • Makbule Koksal -  International Scholars contact - Individual J-1 status questions
  • International Students website:  http://internationalcenter.ucr.edu/

  Other Campus Resources:

  • Student Counseling and Psychological Resources (Phone: 951-827-5531)
  • Middle Eastern Student Center (Phone: 951-827-7233, Email: tina.aoun@ucr.edu)
  • Undocumented Student Programs (Phone: 951-827-3808, Email: ana.coria@ucr.edu)
  • Women’s Resource Center (Phone: 951-827-3337)
  • UCR Ombuds Office (Phone: 951-827-3212)
  • Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (Phone: 951-781-0510)

  Legal Resources

  • UCOP’s Office of General Counsel.  Submit case specific requests to International Affairs at IAO@ucr.edu
  • UCR’s Immigration Attorney Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP  - Submit case specific requests to International Affairs at IAO@ucr.edu
  • University of California Undocumented Legal Services Center http://undoc.universityofcalifornia.edu/

  External Resources

American Immigration Lawyers Association http://www.aila.org/