We, the faculty of the Department of Languages, Literatures and International Studies at Northern Michigan University, know that the study of languages, literatures, and cultures is necessary for learning to identify, respect, and celebrate differences, and is essential for engaging in questions of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice. Our programs and classes are integral to helping students develop a deeper understanding of cultural, racial, national, and international differences. Our courses serve as bridges to new perspectives and cultures.
We prioritize studying voices and contexts that express cultural, individual, social, class, and political differences so that all viewpoints are heard not only in our nation, but also in our world. As such, we:
Strive for inclusivity in our course offerings and content;
Create learning opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to engage with issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice;
Encourage students to explore our world;
Advocate for initiatives that address issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice
The faculty of the Department of Languages, Literatures and International Studies will continue the hard work of ensuring that our programs and classes are shaped by the principles of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice and are deliberately supportive of students, faculty, and staff whose voices have been historically marginalized.
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