In light of the recent passage of NC House Bill 2 (HB2), members of the UNC Chapel Hill Department of English and Comparative Literature reaffirm our commitment to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment, particularly with regard to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. We are fully committed to the University’s Policy Statement on Non-Discrimination, which prohibits discrimination and harassment based on “age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status” (See the full university policy at http://sexualassaultanddiscriminationpolicy.unc.edu/about/our-policy/.) We also endorse the protections encoded in Federal Title VII and Title IX regulations.
UNC-Chapel Hill is a world-class research university that serves the people of the State of North Carolina by attracting and retaining the very best faculty, staff, and students from around the state, the country, and the world. The provisions of the recently passed HB2 violate the mission and interests of UNC-CH by making it impossible to protect valued faculty, staff, and students from discrimination arising simply because of who they are. As academics in the humanities, we are deeply aware of the injustices and damage caused by discrimination based on categories of race, ethnicity, class, gender orientation, gender and sexuality. We cannot be silent on HB2 and be true to our vocation. We ask our colleagues and fellow citizens to stand with us and urge the North Carolina General Assembly and the Governor of North Carolina to repeal HB2.
Our department embraces and celebrates diversity and individual rights. We strive to enable all our faculty, our staff, our students, and our public constituencies to participate fully and with mutual respect in an increasingly interdependent world. We reaffirm the department’s commitment to maintaining a welcoming environment in which faculty, staff, and students harmoniously work and learn together.
To learn about resources available to students, please contact the LGBTQ Center (phone 919-843-5376; online https://lgbtq.unc.edu/programs-services/report-harassment); Safe at UNC (online at http://safe.unc.edu/file-a-report/); the Office of the Dean of Students (phone 919-966-4042); or the department (phone 919-962-5481).
As part of the Department of English and Comparative Literature's 2016 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence program, Natasha Tretheway, Minrose Gwin (UNC-CH), and Jennifer Ho (UNC-CH) will participate in a panel discussion titled "Literature, Historical Memory, and Empathy: The Role of the Literary Arts in Our Campus Conversation on Race."
The panel will be moderated by Randall Kenan and take place Wednesday, March 23 at 3:30pm in the Queen Anne Lounge at The Campus Y.