Academic Assembly Statement

The Academic Assembly adopts a Statement of Solidarity expressing our unwavering commitment to equality, diversity, inclusivity and non-violence. Faculty across the United States are reaffirming commitments to shared values and developing academic codes of conduct. The following USD statement was inspired by a statement of the Faculty of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. (Andrew Tirrell, Political Science and International Relations).

Statement of Solidarity

As faculty members of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego, we express our unwavering commitment to equality, diversity, inclusivity, and nonviolence. We stand in solidarity with people of color, women, Muslims, immigrants, asylum-seekers, refugees, members of the LGBTQI community, and all those who support equality and social justice. One of the primary goals of an Arts and Sciences education at USD is for students to better understand and engage with systems of political, social, economic, legal, and cultural power in an informed and responsible manner. Several of our academic departments also teach students to sharpen their understanding of how gender, ethnicity, race, religion, class, and disability intersect to determine authority, institutions, rights, responsibilities, access to resources, and life options. Such understanding and engagement are an essential part of our university mission, and we believe that we must draw upon these values to help guide us through the current state of uncertainty. We have heard from many members of our campus community who are feeling frightened, concerned, and isolated in the aftermath of our recent national elections. We grieve that anyone among us is experiencing such distress or disempowerment, and we believe it is our responsibility to offer support and care to those in need. As scholars and educators, we must also contribute to a respectful dialogue around the election, the troubling preliminary actions of the incoming presidential administration, and the rise in hate speech and other acts of violence in recent days. How can we respond as a community? First, we must reach out to each other with empathy, support, and solidarity, and do all that we can to ensure that the spaces we share are welcoming to everyone. Second, when we encounter harassment or other hurtful acts targeting others, we must stand up and speak out, doing so in ways that avoid escalation or further polarization. Third, we must recognize that each day we can make a difference by the example we set for others as we collectively strive toward a just and equitable world. Finally, as we work to ensure that our campus remains a safe and welcoming place, we may draw strength from the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”