In response to the uncertainty that has developed at both a local and national level, the faculty members of the Linguistics Department at Reed College affirm the statement made by the Linguistic Society of America, that we stand for:
“…diversity, inclusion, and respect for all. Above all, we cherish multilingualism and multiculturalism — in our members, in those who participate in our programs, and in those who work with us in documenting and analyzing languages. At a time when political rhetoric has been so divisive, it is important for us to come together around the values we share as a society with a scientific mission.”
These values call on us to be mindful and respectful of how different groups and individuals are experiencing higher levels of stress and uncertainty. As such, our Department reaffirms our commitment to open, continued dialogue about the concerns and needs of our students. For our students seeking advice, a safe space, or specific accommodations, we want to hear from you, either in or after class, during our posted office hours, or in individually scheduled appointments.
While we maintain the same set of overall expectations for all students of a given course, including high quality work on final projects and exams, we appreciate that each student may take a different path to achieve those expectations. We invite students to come speak with us one on one, not just to discuss accommodations, but to build and maintain an open dialogue in keeping with our mission of inclusion and respect.
The 2016-2017 Linguistics Faculty
Sameer ud Dowla Khan
Julia Thomas Swan