Message from Duke Engineering Master's Programs Leadership on Federal Immigration Restrictions

January 31, 2017

Dear Duke University Master's Community,

Along with many others across our nation and world, we are deeply concerned about the new restrictions on immigration to the U.S. announced by President Trump on Friday, and about those in our community and beyond affected by them. 

As you know, Duke University President Richard Brodhead and Provost Sally Kornbluth recently shared a message to the Duke community regarding the restrictions. We encourage you to review their memo posted on the Duke Today website.  In addition, an earlier message from President Brodhead on immigration issues can be found here

Please be assured that we in the Master's Programs strongly support the activities by the broader university community in response to these new restrictions, and wish to reiterate our concern about the well-being of students, faculty and staff who may be impacted by the new policies. 

We know many questions surround this fast-changing situation, and although we are unable to advise on individual circumstances, our doors are open to anyone who wishes to discuss their concerns. We also encourage faculty, staff and students to reach out to the university support services noted in the earlier Duke memo, including Duke Reach, Duke Visa Services and the International House

Although, as President Brodhead stated, these new restrictions are disturbing, we are encouraged by the response of the many groups across the higher education and tech communities that are working to strongly voice their concerns to policymakers and the global community.

We have a strong, supportive, and inclusive community in Duke’s Master's Programs and we do not intend that to change. Thank you for your interest and support in helping us provide an environment that supports the best possible education for all of our students, regardless of background.

Brad Fox, Associate Dean for Master's Programs

Jeff Glass, Faculty Director, Master of Engineering Management Program

La Tondra Murray, Director, Professional Masters Programs