University President John Kelly blogs support to students, faculty after Trump’s travel ban

FAU’s Counseling services, Global Engagement and International Services are also offering guidance to students in need.


President John Kelly says diversity in the faculty is a major priority. Photo by Mohammed F. Emran.

Ryan Lynch, Editor in Chief

In the wake of an executive order Saturday by President Donald Trump that banned travel to and from seven countries in the Middle East, Florida Atlantic President John Kelly addressed the university in a blog post to FAU students and faculty affected by the executive order.

In his post, Kelly cited the diversity of FAU as an important part of its culture and wrote that the university is working to clear up the current statuses of students facing the ban.

“The environment of diversity and inclusion we have cultivated across our six campuses is one of the most unique and wonderful aspects about FAU,” Kelly wrote. “We stand together in celebration of our differences, and we value every member of our faculty, staff and student body.

Kelly’s message is not the only action the university has taken to help students.

FAU’s Center for Global Engagement and International Services sent out an email Sunday to all students stating that those from countries currently listed under the travel ban should not travel under any circumstances until further notice.

Global Engagement and International Services is also holding a “Global Coffee Hour” event Wednesday from 10-11:15 a.m. for students and faculty in the Owls Care Health Promotion classroom on the second floor of the Breezeway. Participants can talk to immigration attorney Aaron Blumberg on questions that they may have regarding their status, as well as talk to members of FAU Counseling and Psychological Services to learn tips for managing stress.

FAU Counseling and Psychological Services has therapists available for people to talk to at the Jupiter, Boca and Davie campuses. To schedule an appointment, call  561-297-3540 or call 561-297-3540 for help outside of regular hours.

Ryan Lynch is the editor in chief of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @RyanLynchwriter.