Downing A. Thomas



President Trump signed an executive order Friday, January 27, that will impact visa processing abroad for international students and scholars, and will also impact some faculty, staff, and students traveling abroad. For the latest information on the impact of the executive order, visit our ISSS resource page.

On Sunday, January 29, the University of Iowa released this official statement:

"The University of Iowa has long recognized that a diverse and inclusive community is the foundation of a strong education. Each of you, regardless of your background or country of origin, is welcome in our community. You bring perspectives and experiences that, taken together, enrich the educational experience and prepare UI students to thrive in their lives and careers." - Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of International Programs

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Leveraging the benefits that come from a diverse student population is a key priority for International Programs and for the university as a whole. The diversity of our campus community is an asset that we must cultivate because it enriches the educational experience students have while at Iowa. By deliberately engaging students who come from different walks of life, from different cultural backgrounds, from different parts of the globe, students develop cross-cultural competencies. We must provide them opportunities to learn to function successfully and with ease in global environments. We will accomplish this goal in many ways.

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As we enter another academic year, it’s a good time to ask:  what have we accomplished? where are we going? The short answer is that we are ever more committed to, and engaged in, connecting Iowa with the world and the world with Iowa.

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