Diversity and Equity
Diversity & Equity Statement
The Department of World Languages and Cultures is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. We embrace the diverse backgrounds and perspectives of our faculty, staff and students. We recognize, as a community of scholars committed to the study of cultures and languages throughout the globe, that our teaching and scholarship are enriched by the diversity of the members of our learning community.
We fully endorse university policies prohibiting sexual harassment as well as discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, immigration status, color, disability, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or socio-economic status.
If You Experience a Problem
While we hope that everyone in our community experiences the positive and respectful climate that we aim to cultivate, incidents of harassment and discrimination occur in every institution. Such incidents must be dealt with appropriately if we are to maintain a safe and supportive environment for learning and research. If you have experienced or witnessed an incident of harassment or discrimination in our department, we encourage you to seek help and bring it to our attention.
Any department faculty or staff member can assist with concerns and direct you to relevant offices and services. You can also contact the Department Chair, or any member of the Department Diversity Committee. Any concern will be brought to the attention of the chair and heard by the Department Diversity Committee. The University has many resources for students who have experienced harassment or discrimination, or are just in need of support. The Office of Equity and Diversity has additional services for students from underrepresented groups.
Department members will do their best to respect your confidentiality, but we are required by law to report instances of violence or harassment to university authorities. Counselors at the University Counseling Center and the Women’s Resource Center may be able to meet with you without being subject to the same reporting requirements.