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A History of Acceptance

Mariko Silver was interviewed on WGBH earlier this month about the impact of the travel ban on higher education, in which she spoke out against the executive order.

Silver pointed to Bennington's long standing commitment to the support of refugees and "history of acceptance," which began in the 1930s when the College hired political refugees as faculty. 

"Ever since the college was founded in the 1930s we have invited and welcomed refugees, first from Europe, and then more recently from other places, to be here and teach with us. They bring an extraordinary amount to what we do," Silver said. 

If Trump's order is left in place, Silver cautioned, we will loose the valuable "intellect [and] experiences" that foreign students bring to the United States.