The College of Liberal Arts values quality teaching and learning; innovative research, scholarship, and creative expression; and committed service to local and global communities. We expect our students to think, read, write, and speak effectively; to acquire foundational knowledge in the humanities and social sciences; and to develop expertise in their chosen fields of study. We celebrate diversity in people and ideas. We foster civility, ethical behavior, and personal responsibility. And we embrace our role as citizens in an increasingly interdependent world.
November 16, 2016
Dear Liberal Arts Students, Staff, and Faculty,
Over the past week, in the wake of the November 8th election, individuals and groups on campus have been subject to threats, intimidation, and verbal abuse. In response, President Trauth and Provost Bourgeois have written to the campus community to reaffirm Texas State's core values of diversity, inclusiveness, mutual tolerance, and the free and respectful exchange of ideas. Unfortunately, some have acted—and continue to act—in opposition to those values.
I am writing to assure you that the College of Liberal Arts not only supports the core values of the university but also strives every day to cultivate and model ethical behavior and civility in all interactions among students, staff, and faculty. I also want to assure you that I am acutely aware that many in the college feel unsafe—especially students who have been targeted in recent days because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, religious beliefs, gender, or sexual orientation. Please know that the college values all of you as members of our community. Also please know that we are working to raise awareness of safety concerns and will do whatever we can to promote a safe learning environment in the college.
One of the simplest things we can do is talk to one another. If you witness or are the target of abusive language, tell a friend and report the information to an appropriate person—a faculty member, a department chair, a supervisor. Any direct threat should be reported to the University Police immediately. Bringing abusive language and threatening behavior into the light is a first step toward defusing its power.
Also, please remember the resources available on campus for students who feel threatened or unsafe, including the Counseling Center, the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity, the Residential Life Safety Shuttle (512-245-SAFE), and the University Police Department (512-245-2805).
Thank you for working together to make the College of Liberal Arts a welcoming place for teaching and learning.
With best wishes,