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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion


The members of Romance Languages & Literatures are committed to building and maintaining an environment of mutual respect, equity and inclusion where all individuals are valued for who they are and what they contribute. We encourage our faculty, students and staff to be active members of this dynamic learning community, working together to promote cultural awareness, understanding and appreciation of diversity in its many facets.  We believe that diversity, equity and inclusion are integral for creating excellence at the University of Michigan. 



Recognition Of RLL Efforts Towards Building And Maintaining An Inclusive Environment Include:

Can Our Black Lives Matter If Our Languages Do Not Matter?
Professor Michel DeGraff, Director of MIT-Haiti Initiative

Martin Luther King Jr's dream through the lens of linguistics and education. 

This event was made possible through a Rackham Faculty Allies Grant.

Trumped Up: Combating Misinformation about LatinUs and Our Language(s)
Ana Celia Zentella, Professor Emerita (University of California/San Diego and Hunter College/ CUNY)

In her talk, Prof. Zentella discussed recent debates about language, truth, facts, news, and the rise of linguistic intolerance and hate crimes. As she indicates, “An anthro-political linguistic perspective helps us understand the recent attacks on speakers of other languages by the general public, employers, teachers, judges, senators, and by the President and his advisors, by explaining how racial ideologies of superiority/inferiority and purity/contamination have been remapped from biology onto language, with damaging repercussions for the education, employment, and safety of people of color who speak varied languages.” 

RLL Department-Wide Book Reading
Teaching the Whole Student: Engaged Learning With Heart, Mind, and Spirit

In Winter 2018, RLL is hosting a department-wide reading of Teaching the Whole Student: Engaged Learning with Heart, Mind, and Spirit. The text is centered around themes related to students' social identities, civic engagement, diversity and social justice. Three discussion sessions are scheduled, each focused on a different part of the book. The RLL Diversity Committee has provided the book free to department members participating in the initiative.