A Message from the Department of English

As a cornerstone of the humanities at the Ohio State University, the Department of English supports and celebrates the heterogeneity of the human experience. Words for us are actions: builders of real facts and institutions. We believe that by engaging in literary and rhetorical analysis, we are empowering ourselves and our students to think openly and critically about the world and to participate in thoughtful civic engagement. Accordingly, we—the teachers, students and staff members of the Department of English—stand firmly against discrimination toward any member of our campus and local communities on the basis of religion, race, ethnicity, immigration status, ability status, gender or sexual orientation. We condemn any forms of intimidation or harassment—verbal or otherwise—and actively oppose all Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, racist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic and sexist acts.

In order to enact these beliefs, we hereby vow to do the following:

  • We will continue our commitment to incorporating minority and traditionally underrepresented perspectives into our reading lists and course topics.
  • We will offer our building as a welcoming, all-inclusive space for discussion, learning, and meeting, regardless of students’ major or course affiliations.
  • We will support and promote opportunities (both in the Department and outside of it) for our instructors to learn more about the issues facing our campus community and about how to address discrimination in the classroom.
  • We will enforce the University’s code of conduct and immediately report violations.
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