Immigration Executive Order

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Wellesley Monitors Developments Regarding Presidential Executive Order

Editor’s note: This information is current as of 12pm ET 2/15/17

On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” which affects individuals from seven countries, as well as all would-be Refugees to the U.S. On January 29, multiple U.S. federal courts issued stays temporarily halting the removal of individuals detained at U.S. airports after the executive order was issued. On February 9, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals continued a stay on the executive order, allowing refugees and citizens from the seven barred countries to continue entering the United States.

Wellesley continues to closely monitor developments around the executive order. On January 29, President Paula Johnson responded to the executive order with an email to the community. “There is much still to learn, and the situation is in flux, but the scope and reach of this executive order affects us all. We find ourselves facing a new world; how we act will define who we are as a community. My goal in this message is to convey our unwavering support for any and all of our community members affected by this executive order. We remain dedicated to your safety and to your unimpeded ability to take your place as a valued member of this community.”

It is strongly recommended that international students, faculty, and staff who have questions or concerns about the recent developments consult with the Slater International Center. The Slater Center can provide guidance on visas, travel recommendations, and other issues of concerns.

College Resources

  • Students seeking information and assistance should contact Karen Zuffante Pabon, director of Slater International Center and advisor to international students and scholars, at 781-283-2084 or
  • Amira Quraishi, the College's Muslim Chaplain, is also available to students. She can be reached at 781-283-2655 or
  • Faculty and staff should also feel free to reach out to the provost’s office at 781-283-3583 or to Carolyn Slaboden, assistant vice president of human resources and equal opportunity, at 781-283-2216 or
  • For any faculty or staff member who may wish to seek confidential legal and counseling support, the Wellesley College Employee Assistance program is available to work with you free of charge.

Wellesley is a community of global citizens. Please refer to our policies and practices that relate to U.S. immigration law.