Translations of this statement are available in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi and German.
The Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta aims to foster a community in which diversity is integral and people from all different backgrounds are acknowledged and respected. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes diversity in as many aspects as possible, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, socio-economic status, class, and religion. We also acknowledge that the land on which we gather is Treaty 6 territory and a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, and Nakota Sioux.
We strive to ensure that current students, faculty members and staff from different backgrounds and with diverse perspectives are well-served in the department. We encourage, in our community, the free exchange of ideas that contribute to understanding diversity and raising multicultural awareness. We also welcome prospective students and staff members, other institutions and organizations to join us in our mission. Together, we are working to advance the course of equity and freedom, as well as multilingual and multicultural education within our department.