The Department of Second Language Studies (SLS) 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. Recognizing that an inclusive and diverse environment is essential to creating a vital intellectual environment for learning in both the classroom and the laboratory, we are 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. We are 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.
Our department aims 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, 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.