Statement Emphasizing Community as a Core Value of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Date Published: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Chancellor Dubois, in his January 30, 2017 statement, highlights that President Trump’s recent executive orders regarding banning refugee admission into our country for 120 days and the travel from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days, has sparked considerable confusion and concern.  Additionally, this and other proposed actions have caused a rise in activism and tensions across the country.  UNC Charlotte’s leadership continues to monitor the unfolding interpretations of the president’s mandates.

In the College of Liberal Arts and 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, antagonist language and behavior, and disrespectful and uncivil actions towards and by any member of our university community.  Further, Chancellor Dubois reinforced UNC Charlotte’s promise of an international perspective is a paramount value in fulfilling our mission as North Carolina’s urban research university in his recent statement to the 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, 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; so dialogue and inclusion are central to the scope of this project.  

Chancellor Dubois’ January 30, 2017 statement and the UNC System’s statement can be found here: http://publicrelations.uncc.edu/news-events/news-releases/statements-regarding-executive-order-immigration.

The College of Liberal Arts and 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 (https://mrc.uncc.edu/) and the Counseling Center (http://counselingcenter.uncc.edu/).  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 and Sciences.