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Oakland, CA - The abrupt and unexplained revocation in August 2006 of the residency visa of Dr. Nalini Ghuman, assistant professor of music at Mills College, is of deep concern to the Mills community. In addition to creating a state of professional and personal upheaval for Dr. Ghuman, this extremely troubling situation has deprived the Mills community of a distinguished faculty member and highly valued mentor.

Mills has been providing strong, consistent advocacy and support for Dr. Ghuman from the outset of her ordeal, while also respecting her wishes for privacy. The College has been working to assist her through Congresswoman Barbara Lee's office, in addition to pursuing the aid of other officials who might be able to facilitate a resolution.

Through appropriate channels, the College will continue to seek answers to the many questions that remain unresolved about the status of her visa application and why the U.S. State Department barred her from re-entering the country. As an institution of higher education, we urge the protection of academic freedom and first amendment rights, and hope that the current media attention will expedite a just resolution to this matter.

Renée Jadushlever
Vice President for Operations
Mills College

Deborah Dallinger
Communications Consultant

Last Updated: 10/2/07