Northeastern's Response to Immigration EO

Here at Northeastern University, we are particularly concerned about the impact of President Trump’s Executive Order: Protecting The Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States. We, along with the higher education community across the country, rely heavily on the talents of international students, faculty, and staff, and we value the spirit of diversity and inclusion that they bring to our campus communities.

Roughly 250 Northeastern students, second most among private institutions nationwide, and 31 faculty members come from the seven countries outlined in the President’s executive order and are impacted by its provisions.

These members of our community have been unable to leave the country for planned travel, family emergencies, academic conferences, exchange programs, study abroad, or any other reason, and in some cases have been stranded abroad unexpectedly. This has had, and will continue to have, a devastating effect on important research and learning happening here on Northeastern’s campus and across the globe. Our students also travel as part of co-op and study abroad programs, which they are currently not taking advantage of due to the uncertainty around the executive order.

As we all grapple with the implications of the President’s actions, I wanted to share with you some of the steps that Northeastern is taking to ensure that our diverse and inclusive campus remains as such:

  • On January 28, the day after the executive order was signed, President Joseph E. Aoun and Northeastern’s senior leadership team sent a message to the Northeastern community, which you can read here, affirming our commitment to a diverse and inclusive campus and offering support services to those affected by the executive order.
  • On January 31, Northeastern signed on to a letter to President Trump, spearheaded by the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), expressing concern about the impact of the executive order on science. 
  • On February 3, Northeastern joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and 598 colleges and universities in sending a joint letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to express the higher education community’s concerns with the President’s executive order.
  • On February 3, Northeastern joined seven other Massachusetts colleges and universities in filing an amicus brief in support of the suit brought in U.S. District Court in Boston challenging the executive order. The brief details the important role that global collaboration plays in higher education. You can read the full brief here.
  • On February 5, President Aoun sent a message to the Northeastern community reaffirming the university’s position that the executive order is “antithetical to our core values and completely unacceptable” and sharing his own perspective as an “American who came to this country as an international student.”

At Northeastern, we are committed to the values of diversity and inclusion and we recognize the enormous positive impact that the global exchange of ideas has on our community and the higher education community, as a whole. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure that those values and that exchange are preserved.