Ask a Dean Category: Political and Global Concerns

Has Cornell been advocating for international students relying on OPT work authorization?

Dear Deans: In light of the recent Executive Order, many international students fear for our uncertain and mercurial future. Even though the current  proclamation does not affect nonimmigrant programs, section six of the order does shed light on the possibility that the Trump administration will curb nonimmigrant work visas after 30 days. It reads: “Within…

Can the country-specific language be removed from the original COVID-19 Ask a Dean message?

Dear Dean, I recently came across this post when searching for information about COVID-19 on the Cornell website. I find the wording of the original Ask a Dean message may infer an unnecessary and incorrect correlation between COVID-19 and the Chinese students who study at Cornell University. This may consequently result in misinformation to other…

In response to the recent anti-Asian and anti-Chinese views, what specific steps is Cornell taking to ensure the integrity of anti-discrimination policies?

Dear Deans, I had a question for the Ask a Dean column. I am submitting because it concerns an event that really every graduate student had an opportunity to experience, since it was in the newsletter—although so far I am not sure how many of my colleagues will have seen it by the time I…

When will Cornell stand up for free speech and free inquiry?

Dear Dean, It is becoming well-known among conservative and libertarian leaning graduate students that the bias reporting implemented by the administration is being used to suppress conservative thought on campus, as some conservative views are deemed offensive by some more liberal peers. Many conservative and moderate students do not feel comfortable expressing their opinion on…