English Department Diversity and Inclusion Statement
UMD English considers the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff to be critical to its educational mission and expects every member of the community to contribute to an inclusive and respectful culture in the classroom, work environment, and at campus events. It is my intent that students from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and learning needs be well served by this course and that the diversity students bring to class be viewed as a resource and strength. Dimensions of diversity include, for instance, intersections of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, intellectual and physical ability, primary language, faith and non-faith perspectives, income, military service, political affiliation, marital or family status, and education. I endeavor to present materials and activities that foster a positive learning environment based on open communication, mutual respect, and non-discrimination. Please let me know of ways to improve the effectiveness of the course for you or other students or student groups.
If you experience issues related to diversity and inclusion in your English courses or as part of the English department community, please contact our Diversity Liaison at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have suggestions for improving inclusion, diversity, equity, and access in the department, please contact our Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee at: email@example.com.