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Statement on recent Quebec City Mosque Shooting and U S Executive Order Travel Ban

Author: Communications

Posted on Jan 31, 2017

Category: UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton

Dear Members of the UNB Community:

I would like to begin by expressing condolences to the families of those fatally shot and injured in the recent attack on a Quebec City mosque. We live in an open and inclusive society and acts of terror such as this severely compromise our collective sense of security.

UNB remains firmly committed to diversity, inclusion and equity in our institution. Our country is a global leader in safety, freedom, and education with a long-standing history of welcoming newcomers.

I would like to express my full support for the concerns raised by Universities Canada in their recent statement issued regarding an executive order signed last Friday by U.S. President Donald Trump, which would prevent individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for 90 days.

We realize that this ban will have an impact on many of our UNB community members through international studies, academic conference participation, and in some cases, the family relationships of our university students, faculty and staff.

Our campuses provide strong networks of support services for our international community members. Those who may possibly be affected by the travel ban are reminded that the following services and resources are available:

We realize as well that some members of our community may also require support in the wake of this terrorizing attack or may be feeling vulnerable to discrimination or harassmsent.

As a nationally recognized university in a proudly multicultural country, UNB welcomes the benefits of diversity and has a long history of collaboration with international partners through welcoming international students, international development efforts, and research with an international focus. We cherish the opportunity to host students, faculty and staff from around the world, who use their new knowledge and unique talents to positively impact our community.

Eddy Campbell
President and Vice-Chancellor