Dear Markaz Student Community and Allies,
We write to you today on behalf of our colleagues in Student Affairs to acknowledge a recent proclamation from the federal government that seeks to end the discriminatory bans that first targeted predominantly Muslim and afterwards largely African countries.
We are relieved travel bans that unfairly targeted the Muslim (and later the African) community are ending, and we hope this will help each of you flourish. We are grateful you are part of our community and will continue to do what we can to support you. We also want to acknowledge that still more can be done to improve equity and access and will remain supportive of initiatives that help you as an individual and student.
If we can assist with anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the signatories listed below. It is especially important during the pandemic and in this virtual environment to prioritize your mental health. Please be sure to reach out to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) your Residence Dean (RD) for undergraduates or a Graduate Life Office GLO) Dean for graduate students so we can connect you with tools to manage your health and well-being.
Finally, please be assured that we will continue to track any changes or updates to laws and policies in coordination with Stanford’s Office of Government Affairs. As we learn more about these developments and how they could affect your well-being and education at Stanford, we will keep in touch with you.
Emelyn de la Peña, Associate Vice Provost for Inclusion, Community and Integrative Learning (she/her)
Jan Barker-Alexander, Assistant Vice Provost of Student Affairs, Centers for Equity, Community, and Leadership & Offices of First Generation/Low Income Programs and Military Affiliated Communities (she/her)
Abiya Ahmed, Associate Dean and Director, The Markaz Resource Center (she/her)
Cassie Garcia, Associate Director, The Markaz Resource Center (she/her)