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Huron's Official Statement on the US executive order

January 30, 2017
For more than 150 years, Huron University College has been a place where community underpins everything we do. In that spirit, we join universities across North America expressing our deep concern and dismay regarding Friday’s executive order banning individuals from seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days.

We stand alongside Universities Canada, the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public Land-grant Universities, along with Western University, our U.S. colleagues and partner institutions, in their calls to the American government to rescind this executive order as soon as possible. The impact on Canada is real and profound. Now more than ever we need to reject any order that prevents the free flow of ideas, research and people.

Huron Principal Dr. Barry Craig highlights the need to reject discrimination in all of its forms. “As Canadians, we have a commitment to human rights, expressed in the highest statutes of our country. To refuse to discriminate against people on the grounds of their religion, race, gender, sexual identity or orientation, is a mark of the society that we have chosen to construct. I would note that many of the same principles have guided other nations, including the United States, in the past. This is clearly a time for all of us to redouble our own commitment to toleration, mutual respect, and the defence of those who are victimized, marginalized or disempowered."

At Huron, everyone has a role to play in standing up to injustice. “We must reach out to those who are suffering, in the Muslim community, and beyond, and offer our help. This must be done institutionally and on an individual level. This is a moment in which we, in the university community, can stand publicly for principles that are important to us. Members of our own Huron family have been harmed, and will continue to be harmed by this travel ban. This is an issue that should concern us all,” says Dr. Craig.

We affirm Prime Minister Trudeau’s recent statement that “To those fleeing persecution, terror and war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength.”

Huron University College will continue to warmly welcome students, staff and faculty from around the world. We will continue to work with World Universities Services Canada to ensure that students who are forced to flee their homes in the face of violence and political upheaval can find a safe haven at Huron, a place where they can live and learn in a community dedicated to diversity and dialogue. We will continue to attract and hire faculty and staff from all backgrounds because diversity is the pillar of innovation, new ideas, and compassionate curiosity.