The Emory Writing Center stands with those protesting police brutality and systemic racism, and we support the courageous Emory students charging our institution’s leaders to take immediate actions to ensure, as the students say in their open letter, that Emory will “provide a safe, welcoming and equitable environment for its students, especially Black and marginalized students.” We are also committed to making the Writing Center (our online spaces as well as our physical ones) a safe, welcoming, and equitable environment, especially for Black and marginalized students, faculty, staff, and community members.
We pledge to continue and expand our efforts to foster equity and inclusion in our tutoring, hiring, professional development, programming, and community partnership work. We will also begin publicly communicating these actions via our website. We will hold ourselves accountable, and we invite the campus and broader community to hold us accountable as well.
Words have power: power to oppress, power to resist, power to express, power to inspire. With gratitude for the inspiring words Emory students shared in their recent letter, we renew our commitment to empowering writers of all races, places, socioeconomic classes, gender identities, sexual orientations, religious affiliations, citizenship statuses, abilities, and linguistic backgrounds to grow and share their unique voices while respectfully engaging the voices of others. We welcome your input and invitations to collaborate as we pursue this essential work.
Dr. Mandy Suhr-Sytsma and the Writing Center Staff
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