Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Department of English is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of scholars and learners. That community requires an environment free from all forms of harassment, intimidation, bullying, sexual misconduct, and discrimination based on race, class, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability or any other protected identities. We affirm the University of Connecticut’s policies against such behaviors.

We are also, as a department, committed to creating an intellectual space that is secure and accessible for all faculty, students, administrators, and staff, both in our individual behaviors and through the departmental structures that facilitate our work.

We take seriously any allegations of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, intimidation, and bullying. Members of our community who need information about University policies, or who have experienced any of these violations and would like to make a formal report, should visit the following resources:

You can also find support at UConn through offices such as the Mental Health center through UConn Student Health and Wellness (students), the Rainbow Center (all), the Center for Students with Disabilities (students), and the Ombuds Office (graduate students and staff/faculty), which is a neutral resource that provides confidential assistance. Unionized employees can also find resources offered through their unions.

We realize that those who have experienced or are currently experiencing any form of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, intimidation, or bullying might want to talk to someone in the Department, such as an administration or staff member, a trusted professor, or an academic advisor. We are invested in developing a culture of support and invite such conversations. Please do not hesitate to contact our Department Head to talk further about maintaining an intellectual community that treats all its members with respect and dignity.

Finally, please be aware that all Department employees are responsible employees, which means that if they witness or receive a disclosure from a student of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and/or stalking, they will immediately contact OIE for assistance. In addition, the Department Head has additional responsibilities to report disclosures of discrimination and harassment involving any employee to OIE.