College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Dean Beyrouty's Response to President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration

Dear Colleagues and Students,

On behalf of The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources I wish to express my concern in the wake of President Trump’s executive order on the banning of travelers from seven mostly-Muslim-majority countries. As dean of the college, perhaps my most important responsibility is to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment with capacity for a deep exchange of knowledge across borders and cultures. The possibility of limiting opportunity for students who wish to further their education here in the U.S. is troubling. Our country and our future is fundamentally weakened if we do not embrace and welcome students of all backgrounds and nationalities. This reality is equally true for our talented faculty and staff who strive to provide the level of service, guidance and knowledge that has established UMD as a top 20 research institution.

I would like to express my enduring support for our students, faculty and staff who may be affected by this action. President Loh's email yesterday morning offers advice and resources from the university's Office of International Student and Scholar Services to address questions and concerns. In partnership with the University, our college is committed to exploring solutions and resources to ensure no one is unfairly disadvantaged.  

Craig Beyrouty
Dean and Director
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
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