Diversity Statement

"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. --Audre Lorde

The Department of English at UTSA is committed to the exploration of language and a broad range of writings and literatures to include multiple voices and perspectives. We recognize the systems that have marginalized and excluded people and communities based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, socioeconomic background, veteran status, age, disability, national origin and religion. We therefore aim proactively to foster diversity, inclusion and equity throughout our curricula and in the classroom.

Diversity and inclusivity are essential to our learning and teaching practices as is the ability to think deeply about our own positions. English programs, in particular, develop critical thinking and the ability to question what we know and what we think we know. Learning means taking risks and this often can be uncomfortable and challenging. We will work to support our students through these challenges.

Free speech is constitutionally protected. In the spirit of free speech, we undertake the responsibility of self-examination and vigilance against intolerance or prejudices that challenge the very inclusivity we affirm. We will work to ensure that the debates we need to have are respectful and tolerant and we will learn, together, how to engage with perspectives and positions often radically different to our own, to the enrichment of all.

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