Rally to support students impacted by executive order

Across the country, Academics United are holding rallies to show support for citizens and residents of the countries recently affected by President Trump’s recent Executive Order on Immigration. In kind, University of Utah students, in conjunction with the Office of Global Engagement, will be participating by holding a rally on Feb. 9 at noon MST  in front of the Marriott Library entrance. 

On Friday Jan. 27, 2017, president Donald Trump signed an executive order (EO) that bans the nationals of seven countries from entering the United States with any type of immigrant or non-immigrant visa. This action is also banning refugees from those countries. According to the estimations, around 134 million people are affected by this action — many of whom are students, staff and faculty of universities and colleges across the country, including the University of Utah.

The U has more than 250 students and scholars from the impacted countries — and many more students are worried about the broader impacts this order may have. We encourage all, on either side of the political aisle, to attend and show support for our fellow students, colleagues, teachers and researchers. Anyone who cannot attend the rally is encouraged to wear white to show solidarity for those impacted.

Whether or not you can physically attend, the group is also asking people to consider wearing white in solidarity with the impacted students and scholars on Feb. 9.

If you have questions you can reach out to the United Academics at uou.academics.united@gmail.com, Chalimar Swain, Director, International Student & Scholar Services at the U, or visit the event Facebook page.


  • Date: Feb. 9
  • Time: noon – 1 p.m.
  • Location: Marriott Library, in front of the main entrance


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