“Honestly I was sort of frustrated by the communication from the chancellor ... that we all received,” said women’s and gender studies professor Ariana Vigil. “It didn’t go far enough; it didn’t really go anywhere in terms of suggesting concrete ways in which the University can protect faculty and staff.”
Folt’s Sunday night letter to UNC laid out the University’s position toward the order.
“In the coming weeks and months, we encourage everyone to do your best to stay focused on your work, and fully engaged in the dreams that brought you here,” the letter said.
An open letter from faculty members to Folt circulated Monday and Tuesday, asking UNC to do more, including make a pledge like the ones that have been made at University of Michigan and Cornell University. These universities have pledged not to release their students’ immigration information.
“Such statements suggest concrete steps that universities can take to protect the health and well-being of those who study and work there. When can we expect Carolina to make a similar pledge?” the faculty letter says.
Vigil, who wrote the letter, said when she saw the letter from Folt she felt unsatisfied.
“I’m a faculty member; I’m concerned; I want to voice my thoughts and hope to spur action,” she said.
Vigil posted her response to Folt’s letter on Facebook. People responded asking if they could sign it, which led to the letter being circulated around the faculty.