LC Department Statements

Updated: November 23, 2015 - 7:55 PM

Department Chairs and Program Directors

November 23, 2015 - 1:59 PM

Dear Students,

As department chairs and program directors at Lewis & Clark College, we want to express our solidarity with black students who have been threatened in the last week by anonymous racist messages and an assault of a black student.  We support and applaud efforts by the College to increase campus security.  We commit to listening and learning from students about how to create a more welcoming and open environment in our academic conversations. 

We not only stand with you against these incidents of racism, but we pledge ourselves to continue to push forward with plans to diversify our faculty and the curriculum. Although we may have disagreements about particular ways to achieve a more just college, we all stand united against racist hatred whether in the form of speech or physical attacks.

Sincerely,

Department Chairs and Program Directors


RHMS Department Statement

November 23, 2015 - 3:11 PM

Dear Students,

The Rhetoric & Media Studies Department condemns the recent and ongoing threats against Black members of the Lewis & Clark community. We stand in solidarity with our affected students and colleagues, and commit to addressing our own complicity in sustaining racial inequities within our community and curriculum. We recognize that these threats and incidents are neither isolated nor without precedence; racism, injustice and violence were built into the American academy from the beginning. The discipline of Rhetoric and Media Studies, within the broader fields of Cultural Studies and Communication Studies, developed in response to these very inequities by theorizing and problematizing patterns and institutions of systematized oppression in media, government, education, and social life. We take as our charge the responsibility to equip everyone who takes our classes with the tools of critique, critical thinking, and refining our moral and ethical commitments to all humanity.  

We encourage students to reach out to their advisors and instructors. Towards that end, we have arranged for one or more of us to be in office hours Tues. and Wed. between 11 and 1. We also encourage students to support each other, and to serve the broader community by demonstrating our shared commitment to each other, to social justice, and to a more equitable world.

On behalf of faculty in RHMS, 

Daena Goldsmith

SOAN Department Statement

November 21, 2015 - 12:49 PM

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology condemns the recent and ongoing threats against black members of the Lewis & Clark community, supports our affected students and colleagues, and commits to addressing our own complicity in sustaining racial inequities within our community and curriculum. Representing disciplines that have both purveyed and emerged to critique racism, we cannot but recognize this as an enduring feature of American society. As our students have clearly articulated, and as our fields of study have long documented, such threats are not isolated incidents; they reflect broader structures of racism and discrimination that necessarily penetrate the Lewis & Clark community. We reaffirm, first and foremost, our concern for and responsibility to those students of color who are the targets of the latest racialized threats. We take as our charge the enactment of that responsibility through concrete actions that create a safe and inclusive environment for our students and all members of the Lewis & Clark community.