After days of global protests and heated discussion surrounding President Donald Trump’s decision to restrict travel from various countries to the United States, Harvard Business School (HBS) took a stand on Monday in the form of a community-wide email to express concern over the travel ban. The four-part letter began with a note to alumni from Dean Nitin Nohria and Das Narayandas, the senior associate dean of external relations and Harvard Business Publishing. “[University President] Drew Faust, speaking for all of Harvard, has joined the Association of American Universities in issuing a statement outlining deep concern about the new executive order,” the first part of the letter read. Nohria discussed the ban in a more personal manner in the second part of the letter, which he signed solely and in which he referred to himself as “a first-generation immigrant to America.” Nohria assured the HBS community that the school is working to understand the effects of President Trump’s order and respond to the “fluid and rapidly evolving” situation.
The email also featured notes from the Harvard International Office and Harvard Global Support Services, both of which offered resources for concerned students and recommended that foreign students hailing from countries included in the order carefully consider the risk of traveling outside the United States. “For all of those in the Harvard community from all parts of the world who have long demonstrated their dedication to educational advancement and the pursuit of knowledge, we share your concerns about the executive order on immigration, and we’re here to support you,” the Harvard Global Support Services note stated. The HBS Class of 2018 includes 329 international students who constitute 35% of the class.