Equity Statement

We have an opportunity in this class to hear from people with different viewpoints and to open some lines of communication about difficult topics.

  • All opinions are welcome, as long as they are grounded in evidence and presented respectfully. I reserve the right to manage, intercede, side-line, or stop a conversation if it is leading us too far off track or if it is disrespectful to others.
  • While I have tried to make sure any required readings are inclusive, I acknowledge the likelihood that there may be overt and covert biases in the material due to the lens with which it was written. Please contact me with or submit anonymously any suggestions or concerns.

I want to create a learning environment for you that supports a diversity of thoughts, perspectives, and experiences while honoring your identities. To help accomplish this, please consider the following:

  • If you have a name or set of pronouns that differ from those that appear in your official Xavier records, please let me know, and I will do my best to make sure your preferences are honored.
  • If you feel like your performance in the class is being impacted by your experiences outside of class, please speak with me. I want to be a resource for you. If you prefer to speak with someone outside of the course, Dr. Richard Peters, Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, would be an excellent resource.
  • I (like many people) am still in the process of learning about diverse perspectives and identities. If something is said in class (by anyone) that makes you feel uncomfortable, please talk to me about it (again, anonymous feedback is always an option).

To help me get started making our class a safe and comfortable space for you, please fill out the Getting to Know You Survey before moving on.

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