A Message for the RRCC Campus Community Regarding President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration
Dear Campus Community:
Last Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that impacts immigration procedures for individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. This action has resulted in confusion and anxiety across multiple communities as people react to the potential impact this executive order may have on individuals and family members.
In these challenging times, it is important that we are mindful of and embrace our mission as a community college to provide an accessible, responsive learning environment for all who seek to enrich their lives through educational opportunities. Our values of integrity, collaboration, learning, inclusiveness, and communication will guide our actions as we work with affected students and their families. While there is uncertainty as to the full impact of the executive order, there is no uncertainty about how RRCC embraces and supports our international students. They are full members of our college community, providing a wealth of viewpoints, ideas, and perspectives that contribute to our shared quest for knowledge, truth, and the exchange of ideas which is the hallmark of higher education.
For now, we recommend that members of the campus community from the aforementioned countries not travel abroad until the courts have sorted out the impacts of the executive order and other changes in immigration policy.
Our International Student Services & Programs staff is working closely with all students impacted by this executive order. Please contact ISS&P at 303.914.6416 or firstname.lastname@example.org for specific questions.
Our RRCC Police Department will continue to focus on the safety of all students. RRCC Police Chief Sean Dugan and the RRCC police officers are always happy to meet with student groups and organizations that wish to discuss issues related to personal and campus safety.
Should concerns come forward regarding safety or campus climate, there are several channels where they can be addressed:
- Emergency situations – 911
- Non-emergency concerns - 303.914.6394
Also available is the RRCC Report a Concern website. This site is a confidential place to alert the campus leadership to issues of safety, mental health, or other areas of alarm for our community. Included in that site is an option to report acts of bias or discrimination. You can find the Report a Concern button at the lower right on all RRCC webpages. Additionally, those with concerns can speak directly to the Human Resources office at 303.914.6570 or to Jen Macken, Director of Inclusion & Diversity at 303.914.6309.
Counseling services are also available to students through our Behavioral Health Counselor, Katey Parsons. Katey is located in the Student Health Clinic. Requests for appointments can be directed to 303.914.6655. Outside of regular business hours, students may also utilize Colorado Crisis Services - 800.493.8255 - for mental health support.
The RRCC LGBTQ Center serves as a supportive resource for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning or queer students. The center is located in Room 1252 on the Lakewood campus.
RRCC veteran students can find support in the Military and Veteran Student Center, located in room 1007 near the east entrance on the Lakewood campus.
Both our college leadership and the system office will continue to monitor this situation. In the coming days you will see opportunities for dialogue and education regarding this order and its impact on our college community and higher education more generally. In the meantime, remember that our mission continues to be to provide students with opportunities for growth and development that set the foundation for self-directed learning, academic achievement, and career accomplishment. Now, more than ever, we take this mission to heart.
Dr. Michele Haney
President, Red Rocks Community College