Romance Languages and Literatures Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

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Statement on Diversity, Antiracism and Equity

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Washington University condemns racism, sexism and all forms of discrimination. We teach and research the cultures of countries with histories of white supremacy and its attending patriarchalism and colonialism, both as perpetrators and victims. Our fields have historically neglected non-white and non-normative cultural productions and producers. We commit ourselves therefore to tell the fuller stories of the cultures our department represents. At the same time, the cultures we represent offer varied perspectives on race, gender, sexuality, and other expressions of diversity, and activists and intellectuals from these geographies have developed myriad strategies and approaches to combating racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination. We are also therefore poised to tackle these issues from transnational, transdisciplinary, and intersectional methodologies.  

We also commit ourselves to:
1.    Developing and sustaining diversity in our makeup, research, and teaching 
2.    Sponsoring platforms for discussion on race and equity 
3.    Strengthening the intersectionality of race, gender, sexuality, and other expressions of diversity by seeking to decolonize the way we teach and conduct research 
4.    Supporting faculty and students of color and other minority groups through mentorship, scholarship, advocacy, and other forms of support 
5.    Creating inclusive spaces for dialogue in our department and classrooms 
6.    Working with the university to develop resources that support faculty, students, and staff of color and other under-represented and marginalized groups

DEI News of Interest

Critical Race Theory Seeks To Tell ‘A More Accurate Story,’ Supporters Say

Webster University’s Yin Lam Lee-Johnson (at left) and Vincent Flewellen discussed critical race theory.


WashU ranked among ‘best employers for diversity’

Washington University in St. Louis was ranked 12th among hundreds of large and midsized companies on Forbes’ fourth annual list of “America’s Best Employers For Diversity.”


DEI Related Materials

Find a selection of articles and information about bias in academia, the power of diversity, and more.

Example/Internal Resources- Can link to a BOX folder-Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Materials
Majority-Minority Myths

Majority-Minority Myths

Weidenbaum Center Faculty Research Fellow Jake Rosenfeld authors article in Dissent Magazine

Hostile Terrain 94 in review

Hostile Terrain 94 in review

This booklet tells the story of bringing the Hostile Terrain 94 exhibit to our city of St. Louis. Just as the exhibit itself is a memorial for those who have lost their lives unnecessarily in the U.S.-México borderlands, this booklet is a memorial to the work of communities who fight for justice and human dignity in our world today. We hope that this document inspires the continuation of such work long after the exhibit itself is no longer in St. Louis.

Additional Resources

  • WashU Cares

    WashU Cares assists the university in handling situations involving the safety and well-being of Danforth Campus students, including online reporting.

  • Center for Diversity and Inclusion

    The CDI supports and advocates for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.

  • SafeZones

    Undergraduate SafeZones is a peer facilitation group that educates and fosters discussion around LGBTQIA* issues in order to promote the development of a more open and inclusive university community.

  • Bias Reporting

    Reporting system for students, faculty, staff, and community members who have experienced or witnessed incidents of bias, prejudice, or discrimination.