Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Title IX
A message to our campus community:The past weeks have been saturated with hate. We have seen racism and intolerance in our political races such as the events surrounding the Florida gubernatorial race, we have witnessed a governmental promise of roll-backs to rights of our transgender brothers and sisters, and we have witnessed the murders of people both in Louisville, Kentucky because of race, and lastly, the killings of our Jewish family in Pittsburgh this weekend. We have seen a change in the general tenor of discourse in our country which has compelled me as the Elizabethtown College’s Diversity and Title IX officer to reach out to our community to reaffirm our values and reaffirm our commitment to inclusion, acceptance and justice.
As we are constantly inundated with incivility, hatred and intolerance, we fear that we are becoming desensitized, unkind and not our best selves. We write to you to remind you of our commitment to Brethren principles of inclusion and social justice. We must not lean into the divisive rhetoric that permeates our lives. We must embrace unity and recognize our strength as a community.
In the words of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.
Whether you are part of a group that has been directly targeted or you are concerned for safety and well-being of your friends and communities, it is common to feel fearful or overwhelmed in these situations. Resources are available and can help you respond to these acts in a productive or healthy way. Take time to check in with yourself and understand how you are feeling and how that would impact what you need. Support is here, so do not be afraid to ask for it.
We will continue to post resources and programming for our community on this site in the coming days.
We stand together and stand for justice.
Dr. Armenta Early Hinton, Director of the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Title IX
Ms. Stephanie Diaz, Coordinator of Multicultural Programs
Mrs. MaryAnn Sluzis, Assistant to the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Title IX
Serving Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey & Delaware
- Backgrounder on Robert Bowers
- Extremist Reactions to Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting
- ADL Audit on Anti-Semitic Incidents: National, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware
- White Supremacist Terror Attacks and Plots Against Jews
- Amplification of Anti-Semitic Harassment Online and Midterms 2018
- ADL H.E.A.T Map (Hate Crime, Extremism, Anti-Semitism, Terrorism)
EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES:
- Discussing Hate and Violence with Children
- Gun Violence and Mass Shootings
- Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate
- Helping Students Make Sense of News Stories About Bias and Injustice
- Challenging Anti-Semitism: Debunking the Myths and Responding with Facts
- Resources on Communal Security and Congregant Safety
Inclusive Excellence: A Commitment to Diversity
Elizabethtown College is committed to valuing and fostering the diversity reflected in our life together and in the world beyond our campus. We strive to ensure that the members of the community—students, faculty, staff, and administrators—are diverse in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, gender, gender identity and expression, age and national origin. We also seek to provide our community members, especially our students, with educational opportunities, programs, and services that are multicultural in content and expressive of a diverse life of experiences and worldviews that underrepresented groups bring to the learning environment.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
Elizabethtown College does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, possession of a general education development certificate as compared to a high school diploma, or any other legally protected status. This commitment applies but is not limited to decisions made with respect to hiring and promotion, the administration of educational programs and policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other College administered programs. Discriminatory acts of any kind are strictly forbidden.)
Diversity is range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.
- Inclusion is involvement and empowerment where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. This requires active, intentional, and continual engagement with diversity in the curriculum, the classroom, co-curricular activities, social, cultural, and intellectual communities and any places where people might connect. (AAC&U)