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Ambrose Reaches Out to International Students Following Executive Order

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 31, 2017) – Amidst a very dynamic and fluid environment  surrounding the Presidential Executive Order issued Friday, Jan. 27, University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose today reached out to UCM’s international students to let them know they are supported by the university. The Executive Order temporarily bans immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim majority countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – from entering the United States.

“We will continue monitoring developments related to the recent Executive Order, and will share updated information as it becomes available, understanding that this could be a time of great concern and uncertainty for you personally. Please know that we want to do everything we can to assist you,” the president said in an email sent this morning to UCM’s international students.

President Ambrose’s message to students included a link to the NAFSA: Association of International Educators website, which issues a travel advisory for nationals of the countries specified in the Executive Order. It provides more details about the immigration ban and encourages individuals from the affected countries to defer, if possible, any international travel outside of the United States.

Among UCM’s many international  students, currently there are two students, one from Yemen and one from Syria, who are affected by the Executive Order. The university’s Director of Graduate and International Student Services, Shellie Hewitt, has reached out to them in person to offer any assistance they may need.

Ambrose provided a list of resources and individuals that international students may wish to turn to regarding issues related to their student experience on campus, coursework, immigration paperwork, and their safety.

“UCM strives to provide a welcoming, inclusive community, and our campus is greatly enriched by the knowledge, and cultural sharing we gain from our international faculty and students,” Ambrose said.

He emphasized, “The university stands in support of our Muslim students and students of all faiths, all international members of the UCM community, and against actions that may inhibit access to the freedoms our nation provides to refugees and immigrants on the basis of religion or related to their efforts to escape global tyranny.”

Individuals who want to learn more about the Executive Order and its impact on higher education, or the travel advisory should visit the NAFSA website: