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Statements from Modern Languages and Liberal Arts


Dear Modern Languages Students,

We know that the results of last week’s presidential election are on the minds of many of us. Some welcome the outcome, while others are concerned that they or their loved ones could be negatively affected. In addition, several members of the Modern Languages community and from across campus have expressed fear over reports of threats toward individuals, apparently based on social or political bias.

We in Modern Languages wish to affirm our unwavering commitment to creating and sustaining an intellectually challenging and diverse academic environment through excellent teaching, scholarship, and service for all of our students, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender or gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation. We further embrace the principles of inclusivity and freedom of expression as integral to our mission as professional educators, public servants, and compassionate individuals.

We would like to remind our students that the university provides a variety of support resources for students:

The Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion provides links to numerous support resources available to students according to their identification with specific student populations.

The SDI office also houses the SCOPE program, which helps provide a safe place and support to DACA students.

Texas State has a partnership with American Gateways in Austin and San Antonio, which provides information and advocacy for the Central Texas immigrant community.

Texas State’s Dean of Students Office has a crisis management team, which can offer support to students and family members in need.

If you are an international student in need of support, contact Texas State’s International Office, which will connect you with the appropriate resources.

Texas State’s Counseling Center offers a crisis line (512-245-2208), appointments, and daily walk-ins.

Career Services offers comprehensive career preparation services.

Your instructors are great resources, as well. Finally, the chair and office staff of Modern Languages, in Centennial 214, welcome all students who wish to talk about any matters of concern.


November 16, 2016
Dear Liberal Arts Students, Staff, and Faculty,
Over the past week, in the wake of the November 8th election, individuals and groups on campus have been subject to threats, intimidation, and verbal abuse. In response, President Trauth and Provost Bourgeois have written to the campus community to reaffirm Texas State’s core values of diversity, inclusiveness, mutual tolerance, and the free and respectful exchange of ideas. Unfortunately, some have acted—and continue to act—in opposition to those values.
I am writing to assure you that the College of Liberal Arts not only supports the core values of the university but also strives every day to cultivate and model ethical behavior and civility in all interactions among students, staff, and faculty. I also want to assure you that I am acutely aware that many in the college feel unsafe—especially students who have been targeted in recent days because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, religious beliefs, gender, or sexual orientation. Please know that the college values all of you as members of our community. Also please know that we are working to raise awareness of safety concerns and will do whatever we can to promote a safe learning environment in the college.   
One of the simplest things we can do is talk to one another. If you witness or are the target of abusive language, tell a friend and report the information to an appropriate person—a faculty member, a department chair, a supervisor. Any direct threat should be reported to the University Police immediately. Bringing abusive language and threatening behavior into the light is a first step toward defusing its power.   
Also, please remember the resources available on campus for students who feel threatened or unsafe, including the Counseling Center (LBJSC 5-­‐4.1), the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity, the Residential Life Safety Shuttle (512-­‐245-­‐SAFE), and the University Police Department (512-­‐245-­‐2805).
Thank you for working together to make the College of Liberal Arts a welcoming place for teaching and learning.
With best wishes,
Michael Hennessy