NYU is #GlobalforWho?
As a global network university, NYU must address travel bans at NYU-AD as part of a larger issue around freedom of mobility. In October of 2017, NYU Professors Mohamad Bazzi and Arang Keshavarzian, who were both scheduled to teach at NYU Abu Dhabi, were denied visas to the United Arab Emirates. In both recent cases, NYU is complicit in the enforcement of arbitrary restrictions on movement. In remaining silent on the recent cases of a de facto Travel Ban at its NYU-Abu Dhabi campus, NYU is effectively allowing the arm of Emirati censorship to reach across all of its campuses. NYU needs to rebuke and combat this ban, in private and in public, if it intends to protect the integrity and independence of its scholarship. Read more here.
NYU Sanctuary is a coalition of faculty, students and staff who are committed to the values of ensuring safety and sanctuary to all members of our community both at NYU and in the wider community.
Given the immediate threats of the repeal of DACA and TPS this week, a summer of bellicose threats about nuclear war, the implementation of a version of the Muslim Travel Ban, and White Supremacists marching on our campuses and through our communities, it seems important to continue our efforts around the larger Sanctuary campaign on our campus and beyond. In addition to demanding the status of Sanctuary from the NYU administration, we are also shifting our focus towards using the incredible support, resources, and communities we have generated in the past few months to push for a broad campus (and cross-campus) movement that can respond to the current political moment.
As a “global network university”, we believe that it is the responsibility of NYU to live up to its purported values at all levels and sites of the NYU community through active non-cooperation with racist and white-nationalists policies of the federal government. The “Muslim Ban” as well as threats against undocumented individuals jeopardizes the academic freedom and freedom of movement of students, faculty and staff. NYU is a university whose members have family, community, and networks that extend beyond the United States. The immigration status of some of our own faculty, staff, and students is in jeopardy. We strongly believe that we must move to declare that our institution values and protects our multiple communities in the United States and beyond; these protections are the critical heart of our collective academic engagement and inquiry. Concretely, establishing NYU as a Sanctuary Campus also assists those specially targeted for exceptional treatment by providing resources, succor, and legal assistance.
We see our efforts at NYU and in the wider community as part of efforts to create robust institutions, political forms, and policy that reflect values of tolerance, hospitality, fairness, and social and economic justice. NYU Sanctuary works with the New Sanctuary Coalition. We are also working with Sanctuary coalitions and Undocu and Dream Team groups at New School, Columbia, and CUNY to create and sustain a cross-campus Sanctuary coalition to offer resources, strategize actions and offer support across all of our campuses in the city.