Social Justice Statement

Philosophy Department Social Justice Statement

The faculty of the UNC Charlotte Philosophy Department affirm our commitment to social justice by declaring our solidarity with: lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, and gender-nonconforming persons; communities of color; American Indian and other indigenous communities across the globe; homeless people and those living in poverty; immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers regardless of status; persons living with mental and physical disabilities; religious minorities; older adults; persons dealing with the consequences of violence; and all other vulnerable populations.  

We recognize that these vulnerable populations are discriminated against, exploited, and marginalized in the United States, in North Carolina, and in the city of Charlotte. Thus, through our teaching, research, and service, we strive to contribute to the eradication of these injustices and will continue to pursue funding, educational resources, and collaborative community projects to seek an end to the structural harms, disenfranchisement, and everyday patterns of violence inflicted on all the communities of which we are a part. In particular, in pursuit of our most important mission as an institution of higher learning, we affirm our commitment to fostering classroom and campus environments where genuine learning and critical dialogue can take place, where questions central to the humanities can be passionately pursued by students from all backgrounds, and where pressing social, political, ethical and cultural issues will be addressed and studied so that we can contribute to the welfare of our city, state, and global community.

As part of our ongoing commitment to social justice efforts, the Philosophy Department directly stands against: anti-LGBTQ legislation; law enforcement that disproportionately impacts communities of color; and all forms of state and federal legislation that further entrench structures of injustice in North Carolina.  We support the right of all students to study in an environment that is free of harassment.

In response to recent and ongoing patterns of violence such as the Orlando Pulse Nightclub Massacre, the police killings of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte and of Black persons across the country, and the persistent harassment and harms against Muslims, immigrants, and Latina/o/x persons in the U.S., we stand united with the communities affected by these tragedies, and we seek to dismantle the structures of harm that have led to these terrible events.

 

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Last revision: November 28, 2016