Latin American Studies - Statement on Diversity

We, the undersigned faculty of the Latin American Studies Program, reaffirm diversity as an essential value of our community.  We are committed to creating a space where everyone feels safe from harm and where all voices are heard and respected. We stand with students, faculty, and staff who oppose all overt and symbolic forms of erasure, denial, exclusion, and oppression, including (but not limited to) racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia. We ask the entire Rhodes community to rethink the practices and habits of thought that support injustice. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” wrote Dr. Martin Luther King in his "Letter from A Birmingham Jail." We believe that struggles for justice and against oppression – on our campus, nationally, and internationally – require a strong commitment to diversity and inclusivity.

Eric Henager (Modern Languages)
Elizabeth Pettinaroli (Modern Languages)
Amy Risley (International Studies), Director of Latin American Studies