Dear Colleagues, Students, and Scholars,
The Office of International Affairs is shocked by the senseless killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis, as well by the loss of African-American lives that have been recently taken in other cities. The incident is indicative of systemic racism that exists in our society and must be abolished. Silence is not an option.
As international educators and members of the global higher education community, we believe passionately in the transformative nature of international education. We are committed to an interconnected, peaceful world and believe deeply that international exchange, international research, and international engagement contribute to peace and understanding. The core values of the Office of International Affairs are respect, accountability, inclusiveness, transparency, and innovation. Our commitment to global peace, understanding, and values requires that we acknowledge and address the need for justice, peace, and understanding in our own country. The Office of International Affairs denounces white supremacy in all forms, and in all institutions, to include higher education.
Black Lives Matter
Black Americans have confronted injustice in our country for more than 400 years (Black History Milestones and a Timeline of Events that Led to the 2020 'Fed Up'-rising). One of the fundamental rights in the United States of America is the right to exercise the right to freedom of speech and assembly. As such, many people throughout the United States and the world have been expressing their anger, grief, sadness, and frustration about this injustice through protests, marches, and public demonstrations. If you choose to participate in protest activities, we want to make sure that you are safe. There are a number of resources available indicating how you can safely participate in these activities, to include this Amnesty International poster that summarizes guidelines for Safety During Protest.
For those of you who are international students and scholars, stay informed if you choose to participate in any protests or demonstrations. Recognize that your immigration status puts you at a different level of risk than your peers who may hold U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. If you are an F-1 or J-1 student who is arrested and subject to disciplinary action by the institution, your immigration status may be at risk due to U.S. immigration regulations. If you are an international student or scholar in any other status, please contact your ISSS specialist if you have questions about potential immigration implications of participating in protests or demonstrations. However, regardless of your immigration status, you have certain guaranteed rights under the U.S. Constitution.
You may choose to take action in a number of other ways, such as donating to organizations fighting for justice, educating yourself, contacting your local government representatives, and engaging in difficult conversations with your classmates, colleagues, friends, and family. The Black Lives Matter website outlines many of these ways to help. Please visit the "Resources" tab on this page for campus and community information.
As international students, international scholars, and international partners, you may have many questions about the systemic racism that exists in the United States. CU Denver and CU Anschutz have a role in addressing systemic racism. Throughout the upcoming academic year, the University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be co-hosting a series of social justice teach-ins. The first of these discussions focused on anti-Black violence will be held virtually on June 12, 2020. You are invited to participate in these teach-ins.
You Are Welcome Here
Diversity is a core value of the University of Colorado. We honor diverse experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives, in the belief that they enhance the educational experience for all. We strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments and foster a culture of inclusion.
As an office that serves international students and scholars from around the world, we are committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment. The CU Denver and CU Anschutz communities value our international students and international scholars. We care deeply about your well-being. Please do not hesitate to contact your ISSS Specialist, the ISSS office, or OIA at any time.
While the situation right now in the United States is complex and challenging, we want to make one thing clear: regardless of your race, religion, gender identity, immigration status, or country of origin, YOU ARE WELCOME HERE.
Alana C. Jones
Associate Vice Chancellor | Office of International Affairs
University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus
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