“The City University of New York remembers with sadness those we lost September 11, 2001, including cherished members of our CUNY community.
“The president’s decision on DACA threatens to push hundreds of thousands of undocumented Americans to the shadows of our society, leaving them at risk of deportation from what is, in most instances, the only country they know and the one they love and contribute to every day. Unless Congress acts to remedy this disaster, it will crush dreams and tear apart families.
“For five years the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has made a difference in the lives of thousands of young people and has been a benefit to their communities and the nation.
I’m pretty confident most of you would agree that our annual fall ritual – classes starting and campuses filled with the energy and optimism of the new academic year – represent the best of our traditions. I hope, for my sake, that you also enjoy, or at least tolerate, the annual welcome back letter. I want to share a few thoughts as the new academic year begins and express my thanks for all you do for The City University of New York and our amazing students.
Bronx Community College has announced it is taking steps immediately to remove the busts of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from the Hall of Fame for Great Americans on its campus.
“The CUNY community mourns the tragic loss of life, violence and hatred we saw in Charlottesville over the weekend.
“The City University of New York enthusiastically supports the ‘We Are Still In’ commitment to the critical goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.
The current discussion about the invitation to Linda Sarsour to speak at the commencement ceremony of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy draws into sharp focus principles central to a free society and its academic institutions.
I am writing to let you know that I have recently been diagnosed with throat cancer. Fortunately, it is a fairly common and highly curable form of this disease.
On Friday afternoon, the President issued an Executive Order that suspended entry of all refugees for 120 days, barred Syrian refugees indefinitely, and for 90 days blocked entry for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, including holders of student visas.