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Wednesday, Nov. 29
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LETTER: Board of Aeons, campus leaders stand with IU on Trump's travel ban

On Sunday, January 29, President McRobbie issued a statement reinforcing Indiana University’s commitment to global education, and urging the federal government to end its travel bans on immigrants and refugees from certain countries. We, the Board of Aeons and the undersigned organizations, write in support of President McRobbie’s statement as well as subsequent messages by other administrators and call on the IU community to reaffirm its values.

IU upholds respect for the dignity of others and the importance of a diversity of community and ideas.

The administration’s executive order concerning immigration and refugee policies endangers our values. Members of our community from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia, as well as members of refugee, international, Muslim, undocumented, and otherwise marginalized groups feel uncertain about the freedom of movement of themselves and their loved ones.

Our organizations thrive due to the vital contributions made by individuals of racial, ethnic, and religious minority groups. We strongly encourage our community to ensure all marginalized individuals feel safe and supported as they face rapid and uncertain changes in our nation.

We acknowledge that the recent events are neither new nor unprecedented in the context of our country’s past immigration policies. These events harken back to historical divides. Precisely this history pushes us to avoid our past mistakes. Going forward, we must not back down from the challenges that threaten the very diversity that enriches us.

We express solidarity with those who feel alienated. We encourage students to refer to resources offered by the Office of International Services. Most importantly, we urge each member of our community to remain committed to the values that form the foundation of Indiana University: an endless striving for full diversity; friendly, collegial, and humane environments; and a strong commitment to academic freedom.

The Board of Aeons is an advisory board to the IU president. To add your name to the list of signatures write to

Sara Zaheer

President, IU Student Association

Josh Thomas

President, Union Board

Eman Mozaffar

President, Muslim Student Association

Kejun Guo

President, IU Chinese Students and Scholars Association

Lexie Heinemann, Atrayee Mukherjee

Co-Chairs, Culture of Care

Malina Xiong

President, Asian American Association

Kealia Hollingsworth

President, Black Student Union

Jose Arellano

President, Multi-Cultural Greek Council

Keyandra Wigfall,

President, Impact Movement

Anne Broach

President, IU Student Foundation

Anne-Therese Ryan

President, Residence Hall Association

Nick Ceryak

President, Model United Nations

Bryant Hayes,

President, Sigma Phi Beta, Gay and Allied Fraternity

Jim Biggs

Leader, Zen Buddhists at IUB

Adam Reneker

President, Graduate and Professional Student Government

Kaitlyn Cole

President, Alumni Association Student Fellowship Program

Rabbi Sue Laikin Silberberg

Executive Director, Hillel Foundation at Indiana University

John McHugh

President, Project Pengyou IU

Esther Habimana-Griffin

President, Student Recreational Sports Association

Taylor Ray Miller

President, Mixed Heritage Student Association

Quinton Chester,

Sports Car Club

Alyssa Osborn

President, TEDxIndianaUniversity

Jane Wang

President, Bloomington Ad Club

Dylan Moore,

President, Libertarian Party at Indiana University

Megan Huibregtse

President, Cycling Club at IU

Kaelin Easley

President, Pre-Student Osteophatic Medical Association

Audrey Leonard

President, IU Equestrian Team

Kayla Miller

President, Women in Science at IU

Thaddeus Grantz

President, The Real Food Challenge at IU

Adam Hurm

President, Cyber Security Club

Emma Crady

Co-Director, College Luminaries Program

Michael Ramey, Jr.

President, Voices of Hope at Indiana University

Emily Koscielniak and Bartosz Szewczyk

Co-Presidents, Polish Culture Association

Sarah Rebey

President, Pre-Physician Assistant Club

Jacob Garwood

President, Men's Rugby Club at Indiana University

Mark Laurin

President, Print Workshop at IU

Curtis Green

Community Outreach Officer, Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society

Michael Large

President, Local Government Management Association

Connor Bunch

President, Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society

Bryce Bennett

Director, IUSA Student Rights

Nell Wentling

President, Women's Club Basketball

Brandon Lavy

President, AgainstPROHIBITION

Cigdem Meral

President, Turkish Student Association

Lance Vo

President, The Refugee Relief Initiative

Sean Tandy

President, Medieval Studies Graduate Student Advisory Committee

Lauren Salvato

President of EMSDA

Jaycee Chapman

President, Undergraduate Anthropology Association

Esther Yoon

President, Oxfam Club at IU

Turner Voland

President, Indiana University Brazilian Jiu-jitsu

Austin Whittington

President, Pi Lambda Phi fraternity

Kailyn Snodgrass

President, Sigma Lambda Gamma

Leah Gardner

President, RAISE

Dana Vanderburgh

President, Movement Exchange

Rachel Boveja

President, Eta Sigma Gamma

McCaul Sawina

President, 180 Degrees Consulting

Anna Polovick

President, Folklore and Ethnomusicology Student Association

Kristen Pimley

Hoosier Flipside

Trevor Owens

President, Reporters Without Borders at IU

Yvonne Zhao

President, The Society for Inter-Cultural Understanding

Daniel Cox

President, Be the Match

Gabriel Wray

President, IU Men's Ultimate

Nick Ormes

President, Judo Club

International Student Ambassadors

Indiana University Office of International Services

Neha Sehgal

President, HooSher Bhangra

Danny Steinmetz

President, Greek Gives Back

Lydia Lahey

President, Students of Peace in the Middle East

President, No Lost Generation at IU

Andrew Jankowski

President, Run Club at IU

The University tWits Sketch Comedy Group

Silvia Ascari

President, Baha’i Student Association at Indiana University

Jason Shader Smith

President, Out at Kelley

Akia Perkins

President, Pageantry at IU

Devki Shukla

President, Alpha Chi Sigma

Isabel Osmundsen

President, Lambda Alpha

Regan Gibson

President, Scholarship Advisory Committee

Chris ChoGlueck

Chair, History and Philosophy of Science Graduate Student Association

Star Martinez

President, Latinx Law Student Association

Kathryn Szymanski

President, Kappa Kappa Psi

Daniel Metz

President, Turkish Flagship Student Association

William Patterson

President, Liberty in North Korea at IU

Muhammad Naj Nizam Roslan

President, Malaysian Student Association (MSA)

Sarah Sim

President, Kappa Gamma Delta Sorority

Javier Becerra

Director, Pro Bono Immigration Project

Nicholas Gallina

President, Delta Sigma Pi

Amber Eunbi Lee

President, Korean Conversation Club

Whitney Browne

Director, IU Funding Board

Nathan Meyers

President, Trockman Microfinance Initiative

President, Office of the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education Student Advisory Board

Arin Stonecipher

Max Baker

Co-Presidents, Quotable Book Club

Sydney Twiggs

President, College Mentors for Kids

Petr Sliva

President, Timmy Global Health at IU

Tania Ramos

President, United Nations Association

Jesse Pasternack

Co-President, Student Cinema Guild

David Wesner

President, Christian Student Fellowship

Anna Nagino

President, Japanese Student Association

Angela Lograsso

President, Club Hoosier Games

Terry Tossman

President, College Democrats at Indiana University

Sree Vankineni

President, Gaming at Indiana University

Rohit Gupta

President, Swifty Foundation Chapter at Indiana University

Allison Larmann

President, International Student Undergraduate Association

Paul Richards

President, Harvest on Campus

Noah Hoback

President, Graduate Recreation Society

Jordan Reizen

President, Indiana University Men’s Ice Hockey Club

Tenzin Tsepak

President, Tibetan Studies Student Association

Anaelle Zimmowitch

President, Pre-Health Professionals Club

Thomas Parmer

President, Informatics and Computing Entrepreneurs

Kate Witham

President, American Sign Language Club

IU Women’s Ultimate Frisbee

Shiloh Cooper

President, IU Tae Kwon Do Club

Haley Norris,

President, Hoosier Hiking Club

Caleigh Joyce

President, Alpha Sigma Alpha

Gabriel Smith Vargas

President, Latin American Policy Association

Denise Ambriz

Latino/a Graduate Student Association

Dhanaporn Kasetrsuwan

President, Thai Student Association

Lauren Lad

President, IU Women’s Rugby Club

Joey Cleveland

President, Mongolian Students Association

D’Aundre Martin

President, Kappa Sigma

Brent Wiederhold

President, Intra-Collegiate Emergency Medical Service

Neathie Patel

President, Doctor Who Society

Michael Henderson

General Manager, WIUX Student Radio

The Society for News Design

Habitat for Humanity at Indiana University

Ben Jelen

Executive Chair, Graduate Informative Student Association

Wang Boyu

President, Asian Pacific American Law Student Association

Toastmasters at the Kelley School of Business

Christa Voirol

President, Amnesty International Association at Indiana University

Alan Rozenblit

President, Starcraft 2 Club IU

Simona Stancov

President, Social Enterprise Engagement at Kelley

Juanita Ariza

President, The Student Personnel Organization

Sushuma Yarlagadda & Abinand Rejimon
Co-Presidents, Indian Student Association

Pastor Mark Fenstermacher and Adam Stichter

Jubilee College Community

Joshua Sadowski

President, Healthcare Management and Policy Student Association

Eric Brown

President, Nonprofit Management Association

Stephy Mathew

President, Bloomington International Student Ministries

Les Chevaliers du Cercle Français

Bianca Dutra

President, Art Museum Student Organization

SPEA Undergraduate Student Organization

Stephen M. Jeffirs

Boy in the Bubble

IU Learning Sciences Graduate Student Association

Margaret Reecer

President, Project Kids Network

Alekhya Govindaraju and Amanda Essex

Co-Presidents, The Folding at Home Project at IU

Kushal Shah

Communications Chair, IU Journal of Undergraduate Research

Connor Leach

President, Sigma Phi Epsilon

Olivia Houston

President of Sigma Iota Rho Honors Society

American Choral Director’s Association

National Association for Music Education at IU

Joseph Madden, Sam Iatarola, Izzy Krahling, Caroline Wickes

Trip Leader Club Board

Indiana University Bloomington - Taiwanese Student Association

Sanya Ali

President, Pakistani Student Association

Tyler Fox, Joseph Dima Watkins, Kenny Lin, Alex Yu, Julian Hashi

Breakdance Club at IU

Laorui Geng

President, Chinese Business Association

Ascend IUB Chapter

Sydney Whiteford

Treasurer, Psychology Club

Emily Qin

President, Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students at IU

Business Beginnings Club

Jocelyn Teliz

Executive Director, IU Student Television

Evan Spiegel

President, IU Chess Club

Grant Allen

President, Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society

Ritesh Bhambhani

President, Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization

Alysa Schroff

President, Grupo de Teatro VIDA

Dongkun Lee

President, Korean Undergraduate Research group for Professional Certifications

Hannah Hadley

President, Textile Artist Assembly

Willy Palomo

UndocuHoosier Alliance

Willy Palomo

Slam Poetry Club

De'Stani McGruder

President, All for Children

Michelle Henderson

President, SOCCA

Hiram Nunez-Lapidus

President, ALPFA

Neehar Sachdeva

President, SIgma Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Alexandra Cotofana

President InLight Film Festival

Travis Evans-Sago and Daniel Runnels

Co-chairs of GSAC Spanish and Portuguese

Evyenia Tsarnas and Nikos Potamousis

Co-Presidents, Hellenic Student Association

Sam Kane

President, Cru

Luc LaGasse and Enrique Hernandez

Co-Founders of Food Education at IU (Fed)

Shaina Lee

President, Diversity in Action

Chris Podlaski

President, Informatics and Computing Student Association

Patrick Ober, J.D.

School of Education Graduate Student Association

Bethany Sagsveen

President, Student Veterans of America

Technology Management Club

Graphic Design Club

Carmen Vernon

President, Feminist Student Association

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