Commentary: Universities should play greater role in supporting refugees

This op-ed was written by Havidán Rodríguez and Rey Koslowski. Havidán Rodríguez is a steering committee member for the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration.


UAlbany has joined scores of other institutions across the country and the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration to call for policies that make it easier for universities to support students from countries in crisis.

This includes making visas more accessible to displaced international students; maintaining and expanding supportive processes that give students and scholars more flexibility within their visas; and – perhaps most critically – launching broader private sponsorship of refugees. Together, these policies will help reestablish the United States as a global leader in providing safe harbor.

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