Statement on Our Global Campus and Community

The Graduate Division

Statement on Our Global Campus and Community

President Donald Trump’s January 27 Executive Order 13769 on immigration has raised serious concerns for many members of the university community. While the legal challenges to block or limit the implementation of the Executive Order are unfolding, we must reiterate our dedication and commitment to support graduate education.  The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has students representing 126 countries and regions.  Faculty from near and far come to UHM to teach, conduct research, and engage with our campus and community. Likewise, our staff and administrators work to support the collective efforts to teach, discover, and to train.  Graduate Education at UHM thrives by sustaining a global community on our campus.

As stated by UH President and Interim Chancellor David Lassner on 12/29/16: 

“As our state’s only public higher education system we have a deep responsibility to provide high-quality affordable education to advance our people, our communities and our islands. That mission requires that we support and celebrate diversity, respect and caring. We must support free speech and free expression even as we work to overcome intolerance and prohibit harassment based on immigration status, race, religion, national origin, gender, LGBTQ+ status or disability. Our commitment to these values has been and remains clear and firm.”


While we recognize this is an evolving situation, we will continue to assess the impact of this Executive Order on our graduate programs and graduate students.  In the meantime, we remind our graduate programs of the UH Policies on non-discrimination:  UHM is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran.

Should you have any questions pertaining to immigration or international graduate student concerns, please contact the International Student Services office or visit the website: for information or updates.

Let me include here the University of Hawaiʻi System motto: Maluna aʻe o nā lāhui a pau ke ola ke kanaka (Above all nations is humanity).

Mahalo for your support of our students, faculty, and staff, from every nation.