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University Reaffirms Commitment to Doctoral Funding Following Executive Order

February 3, 2017

Dear Doctoral Students:

At an international community meeting on campus yesterday, doctoral students voiced concerns and questions about how current and future federal policy may affect their research and education. We write to underscore that the University will honor the commitments it has made to doctoral students enrolled in Brown graduate programs to support five years of guaranteed funding.

The situation regarding the executive order on immigration remains fluid and our first concern continues to be for those of our international students who are directly affected by it. The Office of the Provost, primarily through the Office of Global Engagement (OGE), and the Graduate School are working together to address the significant implications the executive order has for the personal well-being, professional training, and mobility of members of our community.

We offer all concerned students the following opportunities to meet with Graduate School deans and experts in other University offices to discuss and address developments:

  • Tuesday, February 7, at 6:30 pm: OGE panel discussion featuring an immigration lawyer, a Graduate School dean, OISSS, CAPS, and others. Location: Salomon lower level.
  • Monday, February 13: Graduate School panel discussion for graduate students, Kasper Multipurpose Room in the Robert Campus Center, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, with food and beverages.

Though this immigration order falls selectively on community members, it is a matter of the utmost concern for the university overall. As President Christina Paxson said in her February 3 letter to the community, the executive order runs counter to our core values and as a university and to our commitment to free inquiry and the advancement of knowledge. Together, let us show support and stand with Brown students from all countries of origin, cultures, races, religions, identities and experiences.

Sincere regards,

Richard M. Locke

Andrew G. Campbell
Dean of the Graduate School

Shankar K. Prasad
Associate Provost for Global Engagement & Strategic Initiatives