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College Statement on Diversity Post-Election

The election season and the recent election results have caused a rise in activism across the country, as well as an uptick in cases of targeted harassment and hate language and behavior on college campuses and in society writ large.  In the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at UNC Charlotte, we want to re-emphasize our commitment to diversity and inclusion and to illuminate our goal of providing a safe learning environment that is free from harassment, antagonistic language and behavior, and disrespectful and uncivil actions towards and by any member of our university community.  

As the largest and most diverse college at the university, we strive to embody the spirit of diversity and inclusion in our teaching, research, and creative and professional activities. We embrace our responsibility as a college in facilitating the marketplace of ideas from many perspectives.  We may disagree, we may argue, but we will do so in a respectful and civil manner.  We are in the business of developing the next generation of leaders who are able to competently and rigorously grapple with vexing problems of today and tomorrow; dialogue and inclusion are central to the scope of this project. 

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences continues to offer resources and engagement opportunities within the College and with our partners throughout the university, including, but not limited to, the Multicultural Resource Center and the Counseling Center.  Please let us know if you have any ideas on how we may collectively move forward together to continue to make CLAS a safe and open environment for all members of our community.  

You may contact Dr. Shawn Long, Associate Dean, at shawn.long@uncc.edu or 704-687-0075 if you have any questions, ideas, comments, or would like to report incidents of bias within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.  

 

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Study Characterizes Key Molecular Tool in DNA Repair Enzymes

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New research by UNC Charlotte scholar Shan Yan and colleagues has revealed the function of a widely shared enzyme component, the Zf-GRF domain, as a critical molecular tool necessary for manipulating DNA during repair processes.
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UNC Charlotte Honors Renowned Scholar Loy H. Witherspoon Upon His Death

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Loy H. Witherspoon, professor emeritus of philosophy and religious studies at UNC Charlotte and a longtime confidant to University founder Bonnie Cone, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15, in Charlotte. The founding chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Witherspoon retired in 1994 after 30 years of distinguished service at the University. “Loy Witherspoon embodied the values and aspirations of UNC Charlotte,” said Nancy Gutierrez, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
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From Planets to Microspheres: New Optical Devices Target Real-World Problems

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When Vasily Astratov explains complex principles of physics, specifically in the world of optics, he turns to St Paul’s Cathedral in London and its Whispering Gallery. Whisper on one side of the iconic dome, and someone standing a hundred feet away on the other side can hear the whispered words. The same principle is at work in optics, which has helped shape the groundbreaking work in Astratov's lab in the Department of Physics and Optical Science at UNC Charlotte.
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The Grove: Sacred Grove Reveals New View of Africa’s Past

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Surrounded by the sprawl of a modern city, the dense forest grove of Osun-Osogbo in southwestern Nigeria has long stood as a silent sentry guarding the mysteries of the ancient past. Those secrets are now revealed by UNC Charlotte researcher Akin Ogundiran, whose work has upended long-held views of how west Africa became a global economic player.
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