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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
February 28, 2017
To Our Students:
As the Deans of Berkeley's professional schools and colleges, we want all of our students –
regardless of citizenship – to know that you are welcome here.
To our international students, know that our schools and colleges would not be what they are
without you. Professional schools in the world today depend on diverse experiences even more than
the university at large does. You teach those you touch about that world. You teach us how to
connect with that world, how to make it better. You point us to our better selves.
To those students who are impacted by the recent shifts in immigration policies, we recognize that
these are uncertain times for you and your loved ones. As then-Senator John F. Kennedy once wrote,
ours is a "nation of immigrants." Generations of immigrants and their descendants have contributed
enormously to the bounty and prosperity of this country – and the innovation and brilliance that have
distinguished Berkeley. You are valued members of this community and we stand with you.
The hardships you are weathering from the change in US policy are many, including families fearful
of traveling to your graduation, internships cancelled due to uncertainty, recent citizens among you
who feel let down, and even an EU passport holder who, having visited a banned country, was
questioned at an airport and told "Next time you might not be so lucky."
We as your Deans do not discriminate based on country of origin. We never will.
We are in this together. This is Berkeley.
Rich Lyons, Business
John Flanagan, Optometry
Jeff Edleson, Social Welfare
Melissa Murray, Law
Stefano Bertozzi, Public Health
Anno Saxenian, Information
Jennifer Wolch, Environmental Design
Prudence Carter, Education
Henry Brady, Public Policy
Edward Wasserman, Journalism
Shankar Sastry, Engineering