Diversity and Inclusivity Statement of the Department of Second Language Studies

The Department of Second Language Studies is dedicated to scholarship on the structure and on the acquisition of nonnative language, as well as to its use in both instructed and contact contexts. The Department of Second Language Studies recognizes that an inclusive and diverse environment is essential to creating a vital intellectual environment for learning in the classroom and in the laboratory. The Department is committed to a diverse and inclusive learning environment. We welcome all people irrespective of their national or ethnic origin, their religious or cultural background, and gender, sexual orientation, or gender identification, physical or cognitive difference, social or linguistic background including native and non-native speaker status. The Department of Second Language Studies is committed to building an equitable learning environment that fosters fruitful debate, respect for the scholarly enterprise and expert knowledge, and for the pursuit of scientific knowledge.

The Department of Second Language Studies seeks to provide a safe and equitable learning environment for students from all backgrounds. The SLS classroom seeks to address educational barriers for underrepresented and marginalized groups. SLS classroom seeks to meet the individual needs of diverse students. An inclusive environment in the classroom, in the laboratory, and in all activities of the Department requires a commitment by students, faculty, and staff to recognize distinct experiences, ideas, and perspectives in the pursuit of greater creativity. The Department therefore promotes a broad approach to diversity in accordance with its focus on promoting the acquisition of languages worldwide. In accordance with University policy, the Department of Second Language Studies requires that applicants to faculty positions provide a diversity and inclusivity statement. All applicants should visit the following Indiana University website for guidance:

https://citl.indiana.edu/programs/ai-support/resources/diversity-statements.html

Diversity and inclusivity statements will be considered in the application in the context of other elements of the application. Therefore, applicants, but especially international applicants, should reflect on their own experiences reaching across barriers to equality in education in their native environment and relate these experiences to the needs of a US institution. Diversity and inclusivity statements are forward looking. Applicants should draw on their experiences in the multilingual and multicultural classroom either in the US or abroad. Applicants should connect their diversity and inclusivity statement to the teaching statement, syllabuses, and course materials provided with the application. These documents should provide evidence of commitment to inclusivity. Discussion of best practices, implicit bias, overt prejudice, and underrepresentation for instance should take place in the context of concrete actions or experiences documented in the application. Applicants should be ready to discuss these experiences during the job interview. The Department of Second Language Studies provides equal opportunity for professional growth for its entire faculty and regularly reviews its progress toward greater inclusivity and diversity with a dedicated Departmental meeting. The Diversity and Inclusivity Committee is the Committee of the Whole.

Discussed and approved 3-10-2020