Dean Curran Statement on Immigration

February 1, 2017


Dear Rollins Family,

The recent executive order restricting immigration to the U.S. from specific countries has resulted in uncertainty, not just at airports and abroad, but in our own homes, classrooms and laboratories. Many of us are concerned about the implications and reach of the policy shift.

In her message over the weekend, President Claire Sterk articulated our collective concerns to the Emory community, affirming that, “Serving humanity is at the heart of our mission.” The Rollins School of Public Health resolutely shares in the University’s commitment to protect the rights of students, staff and faculty. Emory University’s mission states that its community is open to all who meet its high standards.

The Rollins community represents a worldwide family which highly values inclusivity. Our diversity is crucial to the advancement of our core missions of teaching, research and service. We will resist any actions that divide our community or undercut our capacity for contributing to the improvement of global health and well-being.

Our vital work in improving health here, and around the world, persists in spite of obstacles. I encourage you to have hope and continue to advocate for global public health research and education.

Of note:

  • Emory’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) has provided guidance on the order. Green card holders from impacted countries are advised to exercise caution by refraining from international travel until the temporary entry ban expires.
  • Rollins’ administration and Office of Student Services are available to assist you with questions and concerns related to the executive order.
  • We anticipate this order may create delays in visa processing and are actively working to understand how this will fit into our admissions and hiring processes.
  • Rollins is staying closely connected to efforts and conversations at the University and national levels to address the adverse impacts of the executive order.

Rollins is eager to support you as we navigate the days and months ahead. Please take advantage of available resources, and engage with the community to share your concerns and feedback.


James W. Curran, MD, MPH
Dean of the Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University