To Members of the Northeastern Community:

On Friday evening, the President of the United States signed an executive order that restricts people from seven specific countries from entering the United States. Due to the global nature of the Northeastern community, this executive order could disrupt the lives of many students, faculty, and staff.

While this situation is fluid and uncertain, let us be certain about our commitment to each other. Let us strengthen our resolve to be a welcoming community that embraces the immeasurable benefits of diversity and inclusion. All in our community—especially those who feel vulnerable as a result of this new paradigm—should feel safe and secure at Northeastern. We, the leadership of the university, stand with you and will pursue every means available to safeguard each of you—students, faculty, and staff.

In anticipation of this action, we have already reached out to students and others we believe may be adversely affected. Our Office of Global Services stands ready to assist anyone in need of assistance and support ( or 617-373-2310). Other departments such as WeCare ( and our Office of General Counsel (617-373-2157) are also available.

In times of distressing change and uncertainty, it is tempting to retreat to base emotions such as anger and fear. Let us transcend these impulses and continue to serve as a model for society. By finding strength in each other, we can turn this difficult time into an opportunity. We can show the world what a truly global, pluralistic, and inclusive community can be.

Joseph E. Aoun

Michael Armini
Senior Vice President for External Affairs

James C. Bean
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

James Hackney
Chief of Staff and Senior Strategy Advisor to the President

Diane MacGillivray
Senior Vice President for University Advancement

Philomena Mantella
Senior Vice President and CEO of the Professional Advancement Network

Ralph C. Martin II
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Thomas Nedell
Senior Vice President and Treasurer