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Diversity Statement

Diverse Group of StudentsThe Department of Hispanic Studies is committed to academic rigor and breadth, and one of our missions is to enable faculty and students to participate in an interdependent world and to foster solidarity and representative leadership for the future. The Department believes that intellectual, cultural, and social advancement develops as we hear new and diverse voices that shape understanding. The quality of such advancement is strengthened by learning from and with people with diverse experiences of the world in all forms and intersections. We take the commitment to diversity very seriously and value it in all its human dimensions as a concept built on ideals of integrity, respect, peace, and equality. The Department of Hispanic Studies is a unit composed of faculty, staff, and students from diverse racial/ethnic, national and cultural backgrounds, and we are committed to including, welcoming, and supporting individuals from all groups regardless of age, background, citizenship, disability, education, ethnicity, family status, gender, gender identity/expression, geographical location, language, military experience, political views, race, religion/spiritual belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and work experience. We hold ourselves accountable, individually and collectively, for the creation of a safe, positive, sensitive, welcoming, and equitable atmosphere for students, staff, and faculty. We strive to foster an environment in which the free exchange of ideas is integral to our practice of diversity and inclusion.