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To Our Students:

The English Department faculty and staff are striving to engage in ongoing work toward more equitable and anti-racist curriculum, classrooms, programs, and university. Our disciplines are not immune to the racist legacies and exclusionary systems that drive the dominant culture. But our disciplines offer us an important vantage point from which to become actively involved in the interrogation and dismantling of those legacies and systems, particularly within academia.

The English Department is engaging to address our own biases and improve. We’re taking positive steps toward the goals outlined in our letter to you in summer 2020.

Here are some actions occurring now and coming your way:

  • Established a department Diversity and Equity Committee to coordinate department efforts and hold the department accountable in Fall 2020.
  • Prioritizing the hiring and retention of historically minoritized faculty into the tenure-track (ongoing effort).
  • Lion Rock Events featuring Jourdan Imani Keith and Dujie Tahat (January 2021), De’Shawn Charles Winslow (April 2021), Victoria Chang (May 2021) and Paisley Rekdal (May 2021), with exciting authors coming in AY 2021-2022.
  • Faculty Advisor Group for students with diverse needs (coming soon).
  • Content Warning Conversations and Best Practices Sheet (coming soon).
  • Graduate School & Career Preparation Workshops and professionalization events for seniors (LRVWS presents From Writer to Professional Author: Literary Agents Annie Dewitt & Leslie Shipman 11/9/21)?and more to come.
  • Establishment of a scholarship for English Majors from diverse backgrounds (initiated and awarded?2021 and continuing).
  • Faculty training workshops via the Gender & Sexuality training series.
  • Removal of standardized test score requirement from MA program application process (2021).
  • Faculty book group for The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom by Felicia Rose Chavez and Appropriate: A Provocation by Paisley Rekdal (May 2021) and the Racial Imaginary Anthology edited by Claudia Rankine, Beth Loffreda and Cap Max King (Winter 2022).
  • Establishment of a student advisory council that prioritizes the voices of students from diverse backgrounds (coming soon).

We recognize the importance of social action. We commit to making accessible the tools for social change in our classrooms and programs. We also commit to learning how we can best support you, our students. This will be an ongoing effort, and we will remain accountable by reviewing our progress at the end of each academic year.

Your voices are important. And we welcome your suggestions. We are listening. You can always contact the department chairs confidentially at?, and, you can communicate directly with department’s Diversity and Equity Committee (,?,?, and, as well as the student advisory council in the near future.

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