Department of Sociology Diversity Statement
The Department of Sociology values and prioritizes respect for all members of the sociology community across all settings. We aim to be a community that includes and values the voices of all people. Our department seeks to critically explore the social construction and impact of many manifestations of diversity, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, abilities, class, and nationality.
The Department of Sociology is committed to being a place that values diversity, provides equal opportunity, fosters mutual respect, challenges stereotyped preconceptions, and condemns all forms of discrimination and prejudice. We are committed to increasing the representation of those populations that historically have been marginalized and excluded from participation in U.S. higher education and the social sciences. We understand that drawing on diverse perspectives and experiences is central to creating a welcoming and rich academic, intellectual, and cultural environment for everyone.
Efforts to create and maintain a diverse and inclusive department include, but are not limited to, the following goals:
- Cultivating a culture of acceptance and inclusion in which diversity is valued and visible;
- Engaging in open dialogue on diversity issues;
- Being sensitive to the use of language that discriminates, alienates, disrespects, or degrades marginalized populations;
- Incorporating diversity in curriculum, teaching, and other practices;
- Enhancing awareness of diversity and equity issues through ongoing research and applied work;
- Recruiting, supporting and retaining faculty, students, and staff that represent the diversity of our community and discipline;
- Acting as leaders in the classroom, meetings, and all department events by setting the tone for tolerance and respect;
- Developing and strengthening collaborative relationships with a diverse range of on-campus and off-campus partners;
- Developing procedures within the department that allow students, staff, and faculty to feel safe in contesting practices that act contrary to our diversity mission.
The Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct recently shared a nondiscrimination notice espousing the University's values of respect, civility and equality, and the Department of Sociology supports and upholds these values. The Sociology Department also endorses the procedures the University of Maryland makes available for students, staff, and faculty to raise grievances and concerns.