June 10, 2019
To: Members of the University Community
From: Robert J. Zimmer
Subject: International Scholarship
Date: June 10, 2019
Given recent developments impacting U.S.-China relations, along with questions about the nature of interactions between scholars in the U.S. and other countries, I write to reaffirm the University’s unwavering commitment to welcoming and supporting people of all backgrounds and nations.
Free and open inquiry is a fundamental feature of our research and education environment. Openness to ideas from around the world and providing a home to and collaborating with international students and scholars has long been and continues to be a guiding principle at the University of Chicago. This enhances all our education and research efforts and enables the University to fulfill its highest aspirations. It is fundamental to what makes our University a strong and successful intellectual destination. As with all fundamental values, it must be upheld in times of challenge.
We are monitoring these issues closely and, in keeping with the framework of laws and regulations, will continue to work with our community and external partners to address any concerns. Thank you for your contributions to ensure the University remains welcoming of all backgrounds and that the University can achieve its greatest ambitions in research, education, and impact.
If you have questions concerning research partnerships and the University’s international collaborations, please contact the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.