RTC President Kevin McCarthy affirms RTC’s commitment to diversity and respect for all

  • Published Monday, January 30, 2017

Published Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

To the RTC Community:

This past Friday, the President of the United States signed an executive order that restricts people from seven countries from entering the United States for at least 90 days (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) and suspends the admission of all refugees for four months. The order does not affect naturalized citizens from these countries.

The situation following this order is uncertain and changing, but it could disrupt the lives of students, faculty, and staff at RTC. Members of our college community from these countries are likely to feel especially vulnerable, and others may feel so as well. And thus I write again to affirm that in these times of uncertainty, the College must value all of our members—students, staff, and faculty—from all walks of life, belief systems, origins, and identities. We are stronger because of the great diversity we are privileged to share and experience. We must all practice and promote the respectful and safe treatment of each other and live the values of an inclusive community.

I will keep the community updated about the shifting legal terrain in the nation and the state of Washington as it pertains to matters that will affect the RTC community; and I will continue to inform the community about campus and local resources available for those in need of support.

RTC’s strength lies in its diversity and the care we have for each other.

Kevin McCarthy, President

Resources for RTC students affected by recent U.S. presidential executive orders

Somali Social Services of Seattle: http://www.somcss.net/

Asian Counseling and Referral Service: https://acrs.org/

American Civil Liberties Union: http://www.aclu-wa.org

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: http://www.nwirp.org

One America: http://weareoneamerica.org/

Free Legal Clinics: http://www.kcba.org/pbs/

Muslim Advocates: http://www.muslimadvocates.org/

World Relief: http://worldreliefseattle.org/

Somali Youth and Family Club: http://syouthclub.org/

Iraqi Community Center of WA: http://www.irccw.org/

Neighborhood House: http://www.nhwa.org/

City of Seattle - Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs http://www.seattle.gov/iandraffairs/programs/welcoming-city

What is DACA? Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Department of Homeland Security)

Advisory Regarding DACA Program After Presidential Election (Northwest Immigrant Rights Project)

Know Your Rights: Resources from local organization, One America (formerly Hate Free Zone)

Know Your Rights: Resources and legal advice specific to affected countries