As you have heard, on Friday, January 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that halts all refugee admissions for 120 days and temporarily bars people from seven Muslim-majority countries—Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen—from entering the United States for 90 days.
Any action that limits educational access based on broad, sweeping criteria is inconsistent with our mission, culture, and values.
At Metis, we have the privilege of teaching data science to people from around the world. Our students, alumni, and staff benefit greatly from the diverse range of perspectives and talents brought into the classroom every day by people of all nationalities, religions, orientations, and backgrounds.
Our culture is closely rooted to that of Kaplan, our parent company, which was founded almost 80 years ago on the premise of expanding educational access to students of all backgrounds and origins, and which embodies the idea that students should succeed based on their academic strength, not their nationality or religion.
Our mission is to accelerate the careers in data science. One-third of the data scientists working in the US are not US citizens. The US had six science winners at the 2016 Nobel Prizes. All of them were immigrants. Today there are many efforts underway across the globe to use data science to provide relief to refugees. This is the world we embrace.
At Metis, we are committed to global education and building an inclusive, diverse and open data science community. We remain firm in welcoming and embracing students, alumni, and staff from across the globe.