As President of the STMU Faculty Association, I would like to release the following statement which has been written collaboratively with and approved by the STMU faculty at large. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me [Jennifer Garrison] or indeed any member of the faculty.
“In the hallways and classrooms of St. Mary’s University, inclusivity and diversity are not merely vision statements; they are a reality. As St. Mary’s faculty members, we are proud that our classes welcome and include students of diverse religions (including no religion), gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, ethnicities, abilities, life experiences, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds. We believe in the university as a place of intellectual and personal freedom that explores and celebrates humanity in all its complexity. Our classes invite students to engage critically with challenging—and often provocative, sensitive, or controversial—ideas through independent reasoning, fair-minded inquiry, and academic rigor. This uncircumscribed critical thinking is at the heart of our university. It is what we hope ultimately helps our students to become more compassionate, just, and actively engaged members of our wider human society. As a faculty, we celebrate difference—of thought, of identity, of experience—as a fundamental strength of our university community.” ________________________ Jennifer Garrison Associate Professor of English President, Faculty Association