A Message from the Chair
Dear colleagues, co-workers, students and friends,
More pertinent to our community here in the department, please know that the faculty and staff are here to help, and encourage all students to come and talk with us. We are also committed to sponsoring a number of events to provide time for gathering to reaffirm our core values of tolerance and open-mindedness and commitment to knowledge and intellectual community. For now, I would like to assert that any instructors or students who wish to participate in the rally on Wednesday at 3 calling for Rutgers University to consider itself a Sanctuary Campus should feel free to do so without any repercussions from the department. On a sanctuary campus, the administration, faculty, and staff establish services and a climate of welcome for students of color, Muslims, LGBTQ students, and women, following the model of "sanctuary cities" such as Newark and Camden who have previously declared that their police, hospitals, and municipal agencies will refuse to report undocumented suspects, patients, and clients. I believe that such a declaration upholds Rutgers University's fundamental principles and missions as shared above.
Michelle A. Stephens
Professor and Chair of English