Since the election of U.S. President Donald J. Trump, Augsburg College has been monitoring actions of the Trump Administration and communicating with students, faculty, and staff. Actions taken by Augsburg during the week of Nov. 16 included:
- President Paul C. Pribbenow sent an email the day after the election calling on all Auggies to be gentle and generous with each other even as we challenge each other to live up to our highest aspirations of educating students (and each other) to be “informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders.”
- In Chapel on November 21, Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department Michael Lansing shared reflections about the election in his address, “Faith and Politics, Post-Election.”
- A student-led discussion was held on November 21 in the Student Lounge that same evening, facilitated by Augsburg Day Student Government President Abe Johnson ’18 and Vice President Mariam Fawzy ’18.
- The week of November 28, Provost Karen Kaivola sent a message about teaching in difficult times and that offered support for faculty and students through the final weeks of this winter semester.
- President Pribbenow sent a letter to our DACA and undocumented students underscoring our commitment to making an Augsburg education available to learners of all backgrounds, without regard to national or ethnic origin.
- Augsburg College signed a public statement in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and our undocumented students, endorsed by more than 90 colleges and universities across the nation. And we were among the first of more than 160 colleges and universities to sign a letter calling on President-elect Donald Trump to take a more vigorous stand against harassment, hate and acts of violence.