Dear Students, Faculty and
Last week, the White House
issued an executive order that restricts or blocks nationals from Iraq, Syria,
Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen from entering the U.S. We have
employees, students and families in the communities we serve who hail from, or
have personal connections to, these countries.
As an academic
institution and as a community, Southeast Community College welcomes and
supports the participation of students from around the globe. The College
currently has students representing 19 countries outside the U.S.
Inclusion is one of our Core Values. It reads, “Promotion of
opportunities and advancement for a diverse and dynamic student, faculty/staff,
and community population through the creation of a positive, compassionate, and
reflective culture.” Additionally, one of SCC’s goals within its 2015-19
Strategic Plan is to promote cultural understanding and enrichment through
global and diversity education opportunities.
SCC is proud of being an open
access institution, and is committed to creating a supportive, inclusive and
welcoming college for all. The perspectives, experiences and contributions of
our students and employees with international ties greatly enrich our community
and broaden our educational experiences. We embrace a culture of reflective and
transparent communication, and compassion and respect toward the views and
ideas of others. To this end, I encourage everyone to be mindful and reflective
of our unique and critical role of promoting open access to a learning
experience that transforms and empowers our students.