President Esteban on Executive Order Blocking Immigration
"I was a stranger and you welcomed me."
This past Friday, January 27, an Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States” was released by the White House. We are aware that some members of our University Community may be adversely affected. They should contact the Office of International Programs and the Office of the Provost for further direction. Our offices of Counseling Services and Campus Ministry are also available for support.
America’s generosity in opening our borders to those who yearn for opportunities and freedom from persecution is a long-standing tradition that made the United States a world leader and a beacon of freedom. Seton Hall University has historically welcomed and valued the intellectual diversity and vitality brought by our students and scholars from across the globe. We remain steadfast in our commitment to create an inclusive and welcoming campus environment that embraces people of all faiths and cultures. We will continue our mission of developing collaborative and ethical servant leaders for a global society.
We express our willingness, through our schools and colleges, to provide thought leadership on these issues. During these uncertain times, let us pray for perseverance and let us be guided by the words of our patroness St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, who said, “Perseverance is a great grace. To go on gaining and advancing every day, we must be resolute, and bear and suffer as our blessed forerunners did. Which of them gained heaven without a struggle?” Hazard zet ForwardA. Gabriel Esteban