The new administration’s executive order regarding immigration and visa policies has had a powerful impact abroad, nationally, and on the Columbia campus. As these measures are debated both in the US court system and in the court of public opinion, I want to reiterate that we will do all we can to support affected students, faculty and staff, because Columbia University’s and the School of the Arts’ longstanding commitment to diversity and to our global community remains steadfast.
The School is a unique environment of ideas and interests populated by students from around the world. The faculty encourages new approaches to artmaking and wide-ranging points of view. The work produced thrives on the cultural richness of our community and the experimental nature of the space it creates, embracing geography, history, commonality and difference.
We are proud of the School’s remarkable creative community and the inspiring friendships and collaborations that have formed over its fifty-year history. Our alumni frequently cite the enormous influence of the faculty and their fellow students on their own creative development and ongoing practice. These relationships continue long after graduation. We know that one of our greatest assets has been and will always be the diversity of our student population. Our commitment to the global nature of the School––a 21st-century center of ideas and original production—will continue.
We are truly fortunate to be in New York City, where people from a broad range of backgrounds and beliefs speak hundreds of languages daily. We cherish this complexity and the camaraderie and compassion it creates. The School of the Arts is and will remain an exciting environment in a spectacular urban setting that has culture and cultural diversity at its core.