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President Podell: Statement on Executive Order on Immigration

Thursday, February 16, 2017

President Trump’s recent executive order on immigration has left many in our community anxious about its impact on our students’ lives and on our ability as a public institution to serve any and all students who want to pursue their education at MassBay.

Our richly diverse community is comprised of students from nearly 50 countries, a variety of racial and religious backgrounds, as well as immigration statuses. Our students include international students studying here with F-1 visas, students and faculty with refugee status, as well as undocumented immigrants with federal protection through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA). Any major change to federal immigration policy has the potential for enormous impact for many members of our community.

Our core values guide us to honor and value the voice and contributions of every member of this College, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or religious background. In these uncertain times, I want every student to be certain in the fact that MassBay will remain committed to providing a safe, supportive, and inclusive community for all.

The Commonwealth’s leaders at the highest levels, from our Governor to the Commissioner of Higher Education, have expressed their concerns about the potential harm of the executive order on our institutions and the students we serve. I stand with them in advocating for all of our students who study here and wish to pursue their education at MassBay.
David Podell, Ph.D.

Related Statements

Commissioner Carlos E. Santiago: Remarks on DACA
Commissioner Carlos E. Santiago: Remarks on Impact of Executive Order
Governor Charlie Baker: Letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly



Resources for MassBay Students

Counseling Support
Free counseling and support services are available for all current students. Students may call 781.239.3142, or visit the counseling offices in Student Development (Room 130 in Wellesley; Room 316 in Framingham) to make an appointment.

International Students
Current international students may also reach out to Claudia Ortiz, Assistant Director for International Admissions, at or 781.239.2641 for visa-related questions and support.

MassBay Community College was recently ranked by the Brookings Institution as one of the top schools for value added and earned salaries in the workforce. Ranked #1 for 2-year colleges in Massachusetts, #2 in New England and ranked #16 nationally. The College’s facilities in Wellesley Hills, Framingham and Ashland house day, evening and weekend classes that meet the needs of degree-seeking students and career minded life-long learners. Online options provide convenience and allow faculty to facilitate the learning process. Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and strives to meet the needs of the diverse local communities it serves.