Wayne State University

Statement on Commitment to Openness and Inclusion

Statement on Commitment to Openness and Inclusion

The Department of Art & Art History is committed to openness and inclusion. The recent U.S. President election has only sharpened these convictions. Our commitment to inclusive practice and intellectual freedom compels us to take a stand against acts of intimidation and expressions of hate, whether they use the rhetoric of xenophobia, racism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, or some combination thereof. Our department is committed to creating an environment for diverse artistic practices and for the study of visual expression around the world, including issues of race and ethnicity, gender, and cross-cultural exchange. We affirm our commitment to Wayne State University's and our own department's diverse intellectual community and to the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We affirm solidarity with Muslims, African Americans, Latinx, Jews, LGBTQ, the undocumented, and other minority and historically oppressed groups, and offer a safe space to those who feel most vulnerable in the current political climate.