Forum Issues Response to New Executive Order

Dear Forum Members,

As you likely know by now, President Trump has issued a new executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” to replace the previous “temporary travel ban,” which had been stayed by federal courts. The Forum is strongly opposed to this new executive order, which runs counter to the international education values in which we believe.

The new executive order impacts the ability of students and professors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen to travel to the United States. It may also impact U.S. students participating in education abroad. The Forum has organized a special session at our upcoming annual conference to discuss the challenges of being a U.S. student abroad in the current political climate.

The Forum continues to monitor impacts of the executive orders (see recent Quick Poll results) to assist with our advocacy efforts. You can assist us in these efforts by communicating any impacts on students, professors, and staff by emailing Lindsay McCauslin, Associate Director for Member Services, at

Thank you for all that you do to advance our collective international education goals.


Brian Whalen, President and CEO
Mary Anne Grant, Chair, Board of Directors
Nick Gozik, Chair, Forum Council