By Anna Letson. Taken at the NYU Student Walkout, November 16, 2016

Dear President Hamilton,

In light of the executive orders on immigration passed by the Donald Trump administration, we urge you to declare NYU a Sanctuary Campus immediately. It is of the utmost urgency that NYU as a global network university support the unanimously passed Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Senate Faculty Council resolution of Dec. 15, 2016 for NYU to become a Sanctuary Campus. This declaration of sanctuary would affirm NYU’s commitment to uphold the key values of the university at all levels and sites of the NYU community by working actively and dedicating resources to the protection of its students, staff, workers, and faculty.

We strongly believe that we must move to declare that our institution values and protects our multiple communities in the United States and beyond; these protections are the critical heart of our collective academic engagement and inquiry. The “Muslim Ban” as well as threats against undocumented individuals jeopardizes the academic freedom and freedom of movement of students, faculty and staff. NYU is a university whose members have family, community, and networks that extend beyond the United States. The immigration status of some of our own faculty, staff, and students is in jeopardy. We know that the university is already working to support potentially affected members of the NYU community. We applaud these efforts AND urge that NYU take a public leadership position as a global research university. Declaring Sanctuary status would make more concrete our commitment to keeping NYU an open university to the world and would send an important symbolic message of support to our students, staff and community members.

Click here for Reference for December 15, 2016 Resolution.

Signatories:

NYU Departments & Schools:

  1. Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
  2. Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Science
  3. Department of Art and Art Professions, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
  4. Department of Art History, College of Arts and Science
  5. Department of Art & Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts
  6. Department of Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts
  7. Department of Comparative Literature, College of Arts and Science
  8. Department of East Asian Studies, College of Arts and Science
  9. Department of English, College of Arts and Science
  10. Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts and Science
  11. Department of French, College of Arts and Science
  12. Department of German, College of Arts and Science
  13. Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, College of Arts and Science
  14. Department of History, College of Arts and Science
  15. Department of Italian Studies, College of Arts and Science
  16. Department of Irish and Irish-American Studies
  17. Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at the Faculty of Arts and Science
  18. Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
  19. Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, College of Arts and Science
  20. Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts
  21. Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Science
  22. Department of Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts
  23. Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Science
  24. Wilf Family Department of Politics, College of Arts and Science
  25. Department of Religious Studies, College of Arts and Science
  26. Department of Russian and Slavic Studies, College of Arts and Science
  27. Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, College of Arts and Science
  28. Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Science
  29. Department of Spanish and Portuguese, College of Arts and Science
  30. Department of Technology, Culture and Society, Tandon School of Engineering
  31. Expository Writing Program, College of Arts and Science
  32. Gallatin School of Individualized Study
  33. Silver School of Social Work

NYU-Affiliated Organizations:

NYU-AAUP Chapter Executive Board — Marie Monaco (President; Associate Professor, School of Medicine)

GSOC-UAW Local 2110 — Assembly of Stewards

ACT-UAW Local 7902 — Emily Barrett (President), Chris Rzonca (NYU Unit Chair; Adjunct Instructor)

Resisting Injustice and Standing for Equality (RISE) — NYU Law

NYU Law Immigrants Rights Project — NYU Law

Faculty of Color Caucus — Jennifer Morgan (Co-Chair; Professor, Social and Cultural Analysis/History), Ada Ferrer (Co-Chair; Professor, History/Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies)

NYU Disability Council — Mara Mills (Co-Director; Associate Professor, Media, Culture, and Communication), Faye Ginsburg (Co-Director; Professor of Anthropology)

Asian/Pacific/American Institute — Jack Tchen (Founding Director; Associate Professor, Social and Cultural Analysis/Gallatin/History)

Members of Asian Pacific American Coalition

Members of Asian Heritage Month

Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality — Ann Pellegrini (Director; Professor, Social and Cultural Analysis/Performance Studies)

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies — Jill Lane (Director; Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literature)

Emotional Brain Institute @ NYU — Joseph LeDoux (Director; Professor, Neural Science, Psychology, Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

Faculty of the Division of Libraries

Gallatin Arts Festival — Kristin Horton (Artistic Director; Associate Professor of Practice, Gallatin)

Gallatin Human Rights Initiative — Vasuki Nesiah (Clinical Associate Professor, Gallatin)

Global Justice Clinic — Margaret Satterthwaite (Director; Professor of Clinical Law, NYU Law), Nikki Reisch (Co-Instructor; Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law, NYU Law)

Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies — Helga Tawil Souri (Director; Associate Professor, Media, Culture, and Communication)

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics — Diana Taylor (Founding Director; University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish)

The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools — David E. Kirkland (Executive Director; Associate Professor of English Education, Steinhardt)

NYU Prison Education Program — Nikhil Pal Singh (Faculty Director; Associate Professor, Social and Cultural Analysis/History)

South Asia @ NYU — Kanchan Chandra (Director of Steering Committee; Professor, Department of Politics)

Urban Democracy Lab — Gianpaolo Baiocchi (Director; Associate Professor, Gallatin)

Center for Human Rights and Global Justice — Philip Alston (John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law; Faculty Director, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice), Margaret Satterthwaite (Professor of Clinical Law; Faculty Director, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice), Deborah Popowski (Executive Director, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice), Nikki Reisch (Legal Director, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice)

Institute for Public Knowledge — Eric Klinenberg (Director; Professor of Sociology), Gordon Douglas (Acting Director)

Iranian Studies Initiative — Ali Mirsepassi (Director; Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies)

Liberal Studies Student Council

Members of Latinos Unidos con Honor y Amistad (LUCHA)

Members of Black & Brown Coalition

Members of SHADES: A Group for LGBTQ Students of Color at NYU

Center for Media, Culture, and History — Faye Ginsburg (Director; Professor of Anthropology), Pegi Vail (Associate Director)

Center for Religion and Media — Angela Zito (Co-Director; Associate Professor of Anthropology), Faye Ginsburg (Co-Director; Professor of Anthropology), Kali Handelman (Director of Programming)

NYU Divest for Climate Justice

NYU Students for Justice in Palestine

Incarceration to Education Coalition

Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia — Joshua Tucker (Director; Professor of Politics)

Institute of African American Affairs — Manthia Diawara (Director — University Professor, NYU)

UCATS Local 3882, NYSUT, AFT, NEA, AFL-CIO — Stephen Rechner (President)

New York Institute for the Humanities

Food Studies Graduate Society — Haley Baron (President)

NYU Center for the Humanities — Advisory Board (majority vote)

NYU Africa House — Yaw Nyarko (Director; Professor of Economics)

NYU Medical School Student Council

Sackler Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Student Council