Mr. Robert Benjamin is a loving, caring, and responsible director of the International Student Services (ISS) Office. I believe many of you (international students) have received the email mentioning that Mr. Benjamin's employment at AU has been terminated. This decision was made by Andrews University (AU) last Friday (June 26, 2020). Many international students are shocked and sad about the decision AU has made. We understand that there are ongoing challenges and financial challenges that AU is facing due to the COVID 19. Mr. Benjamin should be one of the last employees to be terminated. His work efficiency, attitudes, and ethics are very high.
There is a foreign friend who was planning to attend AU but did not succeed due to the denial of his student visa from the embassy. He has not been to AU but was praising the high working efficiency of Mr. Benjamin. As you can see, his working efficiency is very high. He does not delay the works. Not only the current students have been blessed by him but also those who have not been here.
He has made international students feel welcome at AU since we first came into AU and made AU a home to us. He prepares gifts for new international students. He sends winter tips for us as we may not be familiar with the US/Michigan weather. He remembers our names and cares for our situation whenever he sees us even if it is after working hours. He uses the extra time to care and help us. He does more than his job requirements.
Furthermore, He was an international student many many years ago. He understands the hardships and needs of international students. He has also lived in different countries and experienced different cultures; therefore, he can easily relate to us. He cares for people with different colors, no matter what. He is always supportive of us. We feel the love and care of AU under the leadership of Mr. Benjamin greatly.
We all know that AU is one of the most culturally diverse schools in the US. We have a high ratio of international students here at AU. The ISS office is a crucial element in making AU what it is. The international students know ISS the best. Our opinions and reflections should be the most objective measurement of the working efficiency of the officers.
We are asking Andrews University to revisit Mr. Benjamin's employment at Andrews University. He is a few great, high working efficiency, and awesome people on AU. It will be a significant loss not to have Mr. Benjamin being the ISS officer at AU. If, after our petition, AU is still not able to continue employment with Mr. Benjamin, we would like AU to give us a rational reason for not having Mr. Benjamin on AU. Thank you for your time and consideration.