Hey ESU, Diversity is NOT a Slogan

After (President) Trump signed the ban that denied entry to all refugees for 120 days and bared all citizens of seven mainly Muslim countries into the U.S. for 90 days, it sent a wave of concern around the country.

Many universities responded immediately, vowing to support their students no matter what.

Missouri Southern sent out a message saying, “We remain supportive of all members of the global community who call MSSU home and value their contributions to our campus.”

Meanwhile, ESU’s President Allison Garrett and administration sent out a letter saying they understood that students might be worried how the administrative order might affect them and that if they had questions, they should go to the Office of International Education.

The message was ridiculously vague and helpful in reassuring no one, to say the least.

The students of this school deserve more.

ESU is a school who likes to pride itself on “diversity” when it meets their needs and makes them look good, but ESU needs to learn a serious lesson in what diversity is and what it means to be an advocate and supporter of diversity.

Because honestly, I don’t think they get it.

“Diversity” is not a goddamn slogan.

It’s a commitment.

It’s a commitment to all students, no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexuality etc.

I don’t think ESU is ready to make that commitment.

If they were, they wouldn’t have given us this passive message about “balance.”

They would have stood by their students.

If ESU actually valued their diversity, they would have put their money where their mouth is.

President Allison Garrett would have sent out a letter that reassured students that ESU still supported diversity and would work for their international students.

This executive order signed by (President) Trump is unconstitutional and should not be supported.

To support an executive order that turns people away, yes people, that are fleeing war and oppression, is the opposite of everything that America does and should stand for.

In a world that is becoming more and more reminiscent of the world that existed shortly before World War II, it is more crucial than ever that we stand together.

The United States is no longer the leader of the free world.

We have walled ourselves away.

It is up to us, the students of this nation, to be active members of our democracy and speak out about the injustices in this world.

Contact your senators and representatives and tell them that you do not, under no circumstances, support this executive action.

It is clear we can not depend on our school to properly represent and defend us.

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