College Statement on Diversity Post-Election

Date Published: 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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 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.