Warren responds to immigration order


President Warren

Henry Palattella

Kent State President Beverly Warren broke her silence on President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration Sunday night in a university-wide email.

The order, which Trump signed Friday, bans citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States for the next 90 days, according to CNN.

Warren wrote in the email that suspending visas from those countries “has the potential to have a powerfully negative impact on our global community and our climate of inclusion and care.”

Warren also said the university’s Office of Global Education, Office of the Provost and other departments have been working to better understand the executive order, as well as reach out to any parties affected by it.

“The faculty and staff of Kent State University affirm our longstanding commitment to be a welcoming, inclusive environment where all feel at home,” Warren wrote. “That commitment does not change as political or social movements change.”

She urged any international students to reconsider traveling outside of the country “for the time being.”

Warren also wrote that the Office of Global Education is planning a “support session” that will take place later this week, where experts will be available to not only answer questions, but also to support students involved.

The Office of Global Education can be contacted by email at [email protected], or by phone at 330-672-7980.

Henry Palattella is an administration reporter, contact him at [email protected].