Dear Members of the Barnard Community,

A few weeks ago, I sent a note expressing my concerns about changes to immigration policy that impact members of our community. While we cannot know for sure where these policy changes will ultimately lead, we understand that such uncertainty raises questions among faculty, students, and staff who are permanent residents, who are here with us on visas, or who are undocumented. In particular, with the semester drawing to a close, people may wonder how recent policy changes might affect individuals who are planning to travel abroad. 


To help answer questions and to assist members of our community who may be affected, we are offering the following services in addition to those we already provide:

On Thursday, May 4, an outside immigration counsel will come to campus for a community presentation  for faculty, students, and staff on how to navigate the changes to immigration policy and enforcement. The counsel will remain after the event for personal and confidential consultations with those who have specific questions about their immigration status, travel risks, or other related issues. To sign up for an individual consultation, please contact Michelle Avelar at We will arrange another day of presentations and consultations in the fall semester.

The community presentation will take place on Thursday, May 4 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Please register by emailing by noon on Wednesday, May 3 so that we can provide an adequate space.

For faculty, students or staff who have specific questions, but cannot take advantage of the May 4 presentation and consultation day, the College can offer an initial consultation with one of several immigration law firms. The College will cover the cost of the initial consultation, which can be scheduled at a time that is convenient for the community member.  

To take advantage of this service, students should work through Wendy Garay, the associate dean for international and intercultural student programs. Faculty should contact Giorgio DiMauro, dean for international and global strategy. Staff should contact Robin Beltzer in the Office of Human Resources.

There are number of other resources that members of our community can draw on. For more information on other immigration-related resources available to the Barnard community, please visit

We are committed to serving the immigration and travel needs of our community over the long term and will continue to monitor federal developments in this area.


Rob Goldberg
Interim President & COO