http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/669/664/036/Today, the Chair of the UGA Executive Committee of the University Council issued a statement regarding our University’s stance on diversity.

I support the statement, and add my own regarding the divisive, counterproductive, and dangerous policy of blanket bans on all travel into the U.S. for nationals of certain countries:

Our university prohibits  “discrimination against any person because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or national origin, religion, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.”  Further, “Prohibited bias factors will not be permitted to have an adverse influence upon decisions regarding students, employees, applicants for admission, applicants for employment, contractors, or volunteers or participants in or users of institutional programs, services, and activities.”  (UGA EOO)  Clearly, banning visa-holding students and scholars from participating in our University has adverse influence on decisions regarding students, employees, and job and school applicants.  Thus, the Executive Order banning entry of all nationals of certain countries is in direct opposition to what our University stands for.

There is a petition associated with the Executive Committee statement, which university affiliates and interested members of the public may sign, to add their support to this sentiment.

Read the opinion statement here, and sign the petition if you wish.