Wilson Community Members,
On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven countries in the Middle East and Africa. While the executive order does not have an immediate impact on our students, the implications of the ban are particularly troubling. Wilson College values difference, and the perspectives that students, faculty and staff of various national origins, religions and other identity attributes bring to our community.
It is unclear what form the ban will take beyond the initial 90-day term. The list of banned countries could grow and ultimately affect current or prospective Wilson College students. We stand ready to support all members of our community, and we offer the following guidance for international students:
- For anyone traveling away from campus who might have questions or concerns, contact Wilson’s Office of International Scholar Services (OISS) at 717-262-2536.
- When traveling within the United States, always carry your immigration documents with you to prove your legal status.
- If you will be traveling outside the United States, contact the OISS for the latest developments.
We view global perspectives as a critical component of the liberal arts experience and one that is essential to educating active, aware citizens—regardless of one’s home nation. Just as important, we view international students as part of our family. Whether through their active participation on campus or through our Friendly Families program, international students are an integral part of Wilson’s identity.
We join the many colleges and universities and educational organizations calling for the executive order to be lifted as soon as possible. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.
Barbara K. Mistick