As a community of scientists and health care professionals, we at RBHS regularly engage with international colleagues to explore innovative pathways to discovery, engage with underserved populations, and provide clinical care to our patients. Our fields of study and professional practices do not limit themselves within narrow boundaries, but look outward to the broader world. Healthcare itself is being increasingly viewed through a lens which embraces a truly global field of vision.
Many of us, and our colleagues across Rutgers University, are therefore troubled about the way our nation has turned its view inward regarding immigration. President Trump's statement from this weekend articulates, the University and RBHS are currently assessing which of our faculty, staff, and students may be impacted by the executive order. We are gathering facts and information to present to our federal representatives to demonstrate the full impact of the executive order on our university and the patients, families, and communities we serve.
In the meantime, various resources within the University have been identified to assist those in need. These include:
- Rutgers Center for Globar Services - 848-932-7015
- Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic - 973-353-5292
- Student Health Services
- University Behavioral Health Care counseling, available 24/7 - 800-969-5300
Recent communications from President Barchi emphasize a variety of actions the University is taking to support members of our community including:
- Protection of the privacy of all our students and their records
- Vigorous advocacy for the continuation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy
- Support for the BRIDGE Act to preserve DACA protections currently in effect
- Rutgers University police do not inquire nor record the immigration status of students or other persons, unless a serious crime has been committed
- All Rutgers students, regardless of their campus or school location, have access to the services provided by the law school's Immigrant Rights Clinic.
We will provide you with updates as this situation continues to unfold, thank you for your continued commitment to our patients and communities.
Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH
Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs