A Message From President Bowen
In light of the recent election results, I am aware that you and your family may be concerned with the atmosphere in the United States. Despite some negative statements made by President-Elect Trump, the U.S. will continue to be a nation of immigrants.
As president of Goucher College, I was an early signer, along with other college presidents, pledging my support for all of our students. This was an open letter to President-Elect Trump urging him to "condemn and work to prevent the harassment, hate, and acts of violence that are being perpetrated across our nation, sometimes in your name, which is now synonymous with our nation's highest office." You can read media coverage of this letter, signed by 110 college presidents, here: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/11/18/110-college-presidents-issue-letter-trump-urging-him-speak-out-against-harassment.
Goucher is a unique destination for international students, as all of our students are required to study abroad as a part of our liberal arts curriculum. This creates an environment of awareness and empathy towards the international student experience. Many practices to support our international students are already in place as well, and we will continue to respond to the needs of international students. Some of these practices are as follows:
- Housing our International Student Advisor in our Center for Race, Equity, and Identity, which serves our international community not only in terms of immigration matters but also reflecting upon matters of identity and facilitating cross-cultural dialogue;
- Establishing an Interfaith Center, which will give our students numerous spaces for worship and participating in multi-faith appreciation and learning;
- Remaining committed to making the college experience as accessible as possible through merit scholarships, need-based aid, and on-campus work opportunities to our international applicants.
The Baltimore-Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is home to a large number of immigrant communities; in fact, 18% of the residents in this area are foreign-born according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Students are able to connect with organizations that are created to share their culture as well as provide support to members of their communities.
The United States remains the destination of choice for international students due to our academic excellence, the marketability of an American education, and the variety of educational opportunities that we offer for all students. We understand that recent political rhetoric has caused concern among international students and applicants, but Goucher remains committed to the safety and well-being of all of our students.
I encourage you to reach out to Mark Bladel, Assistant Director of International Admission, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen Sykes, International Student Advisor, at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns. They would also be happy to put you in touch with current students who can tell you more about the Goucher experience.
José Antonio Bowen, Ph.D., FRSA
President, Goucher College