Diversity Statement

Commitment to Diversity: 

The Department of English at Utah State University is a diverse community of teachers, scholars, and students who work together towards a better understanding of the English language and its manifestation in literature, writing, and culture.  Our engagement with stories, texts, and communicative practices from across places, time periods, and discourse communities leads us to value a wide range of perspectives. Accordingly, our community is committed to inclusion and welcomes people of all abilities, ages, ethnicities, gender identities and expressions, nationalities, races, religions, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We believe that engagement with diverse viewpoints through a free and respectful exchange of ideas makes us better thinkers, communicators, problem-solvers, and citizens. 

Our classes prepare students to thrive in a technologically and culturally complex world. Students learn how to conduct cultural and historical analysis, collaborate ethically, communicate effectively, formulate well-reasoned conclusions, and create a variety of texts.  Students and teachers alike can expect to participate in exciting, thought-provoking conversations in which all parties make evidence-based arguments, listen to the views of others, and test their own assumptions.  While such intellectual rigor is challenging at times, it leaves no room for discrimination, intimidation, or harassment.  Our department is committed to inclusivity, equality, and compassion.