International scholars—both students and research colleagues—are integral and valued members of our department, college, and university. Several recent statements and actions by members of the United States government have cast doubt on international scholars’ intentions and characterized them as a national security risk. Many recent statements have focused specifically on Chinese scholars. We believe these statements and actions reflect racial prejudices that we condemn and reject. We are committed to pursuing our work as a department—including but not limited to admissions, hiring, promotion, administration, and research collaboration—without discriminating along the lines of race, national origin, or citizenship. To our former, current, and prospective international students and colleagues: you are an equal and valued member of our community, and we are here to support you.
Brad Barham and Kaitlyn Sims,
Co-Chairs Committee on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
University of Wisconsin–Madison