The State of Illinois took the unprecedented step yesterday of temporarily halting Syrian immigration to Illinois. Whatever you may think of the larger issue, I am writing to thank you in advance for your particular care and concern for our Syrian students, as well as any of our students from the Middle East region. It is possible they may be subjected to popular misunderstanding and/or feel less safe than they ordinarily might as they travel to and from campus.
As our faculty and professional staff, you are often the first to notice if our students are experiencing any distress. Please know that you can always refer them to either the Office for International Students and Scholars (312-362-8376), the International Programs Office (312-362-8250), or the Dean of Students Office (312-362-8066) for assistance.
Thank you for your good hearts in this complex world environment.
Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.