January 30, 2017
Dear Campus Community:
I share the disappointment and disbelief of many of our campus community, our state, our nation and the higher education community on the disconcerting series of events that have unfolded in our nation over the last several days. As announcements have been made regarding immigration orders and bans, resulting deportation mandates and wall construction at the border, our country’s values are grossly jeopardized. Know that while uncertainty, fear and the unknown strike a chasm in our national culture, our campus remains committed to the values of our democracy and Westfield State proudly endorses and advocates for heightened compassion and inclusive excellence.
Westfield State University is assessing the impact of the executive order on our community. We are currently gathering data and other information to identify ways the institution might be of assistance to affected individuals.
Ramon S. Torrecilha