(1) Within the last 3 months, the top leadership (Chancellors, Presidents together with Provosts) of 4 top universities each issued a campus-wide communication to protect innocent international scientists, including Chinese & Chinese-Am researchers. The institutions are U.C. Berkeley, Stanford, the Univ. of Michigan and U.C. Davis. To read the respective statements, click on (1), (2), (3) and (4).
(2) Why are these leaders sending out such statements? There are good but very complicated reasons, which if not discussed properly and in detail, will lead only to counter productive results. So Iearning from the above wise leaders, I'll skip that part of the discussion too.
(3) 80-20 EF, knowing politics, saw a much larger potential positive impact from the above 4 statements that should be developed to protect the innocent STEM workers of Chinese descent. Therefore, on May 6, 2019 it issued "CALL TO ACTION - protecting innocent Ch-Am scientists".
The CALL TO ACTION Spread Quickly
(a) On May 10, 2019 President Dennis Assanis and Provost Robin Morgan of the Univ. of Delware responded by sending out a similar campus-wide communicationurging the protection of innocent STEM workers of Chinese origin. We thank Xiao-Hai Yan, Mary A. S. Lighthipe Chair Professor of Marine Studies, Univ. of DE, and his colleagues for leading the UD effort to issue the campus community statement.
(b) On May 17, 2019 President Leebron of Rice University send an email to the Board of Houston Chinese Faculty Association. EF doesn't know who were the heroes &/or heroines behind the scenes.
"tensions in United States-China relations and increased scrutiny of academic exchanges have added to a sense of unease among many international students and scholars here at Yale and at universities across the country."
We thank Lin, Haifan, Eugene Higgins Professor of Cell Biology, and Professor of Genetics and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; Director, Yale Stem Cell Center and his colleagues for spearheading this effort.
(d) Many more universities are in the process of responding. If you are a senior professor on your campus and you have NOT started working with other Ch-Am colleagues to induce a similar statement from your campus leaders yet, act today. Otherwise, you may be remembered as the Chaired professor who has no compassion and/or leadership.