University of Oregon

College of Design

Commitment to Inclusion

January 30, 2017

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

We, the leadership of A&AA, are deeply troubled by the Executive Order issued on Friday. A&AA values all members of our community. We affirm our support for diverse perspectives, beliefs, and nationalities, and we remain committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive community. We believe that we are all made better scholars, artists, designers, and citizens when we are engaged in global discourse.

As the current changes to immigration and refugee policies affect so many members of our community, we would like to emphasize that we support all students, faculty, and staff regardless of their immigration status.

The University of Oregon has stated that it will treat all students equally in keeping with our values of inclusion, diversity and equity. This means:

  • The University of Oregon will not facilitate immigration enforcement on our campus without a warrant or a clear demonstration of exigent circumstances such as the imminent risk to the health or safety of others;
  • The University of Oregon Police Department will not act on behalf of federal officials in enforcing immigration laws;
  • The University of Oregon will not share with the federal government any information on the immigration status of students unless required by court order.

The University will hold a Campus Town Hall on Changing Immigration Rules on Monday, January 30, from 6:00-7:30 pm in the EMU Ballroom, with video broadcast to UO Portland. This event is tailored for international, undocumented, and concerned students regarding changes to immigration rules and practices. Everyone is welcome to attend.

While the legal landscape has been changing rapidly, the University of Oregon Office of International Affairs and the Office of General Counsel are working to ensure that the university remains a safe and inclusive learning environment. The Office of International Affairs has directly reached out to UO community members potentially affected by the immigration-related Executive Orders. The University of Oregon remains committed to fostering an academic environment that is inclusive and welcoming to all.

If you have questions about your travel, or your status at the UO, please contact Roxi Thoren, A&AA Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dennis Galvan, Vice Provost for International Affairs, or Abe Schafermeyer, Director of International Student and Scholar Services in the Office of International Affairs.

We are here to support and help our students, faculty, and staff, and we invite anyone needing support to reach out. Our A&AA staff in the Office of Professional Outreach and Development for Students (PODS) located in Lawrence Room 277 are available to students, faculty, and staff to listen, provide support, and help direct you to resources. We encourage you reach out, and to care for each other.  


Christoph Lindner
Dean and Professor
School of Architecture and Allied Arts
University of Oregon

Roxi Thoren
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor
School of Architecture and Allied Arts
University of Oregon

Rocco Luiere
Associate Dean for Finance and Administration
School of Architecture and Allied Arts
University of Oregon