Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

Department Statement on Racial Violence, June 2020

The Rutgers Sociology department is United for Justice. The tragic and senseless murder of George Floyd, preceded by Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and so many others before, has once again exposed the systemic racism and ongoing legacies of state violence disproportionately plaguing the Black community and people of color in this country and elsewhere. We recognize the pain that recent events -- the disproportionate share of COVID-related deaths among communities of color and the senseless murders of African-Americans -- inflict on many of our own colleagues. We stand in solidarity as a department and commit to the hard work required to effect meaningful and long-lasting change. We are dedicated to building a more just, equitable and sustainable department and society.

To learn more about anti-racism and recent protests, please see: Educational Resources to Understand Protests and Promote Anti-Racism

Diversity and Inclusion

The Rutgers Sociology Department strives to create an environment that supports and affirms diversity in all manifestations, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, social class, disability status, region/country of origin, and political orientation. We also celebrate diversity of theoretical and methodological perspectives among our faculty and students, and seek to create an atmosphere of tolerance, respect, and mutual dialogue.

For helpful guides and resources on promoting inclusion in the classroom and teaching diversity, please see:

http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/html/icb.topic58474/TFTrace.html

http://www.uww.edu/learn/diversity/dozensuggestions.php

http://www.aacu.org/resources/diversity/index.cfm

http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/interactions/diversity/

Additional academic resources on diversity:

Ahmed, Sara. 2007. “The Language of Diversity.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 30 (2): 235-256.
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01419870601143927#preview

2007. “You End Up Doing The Document Rather Than Doing The Doing’: Diversity, Race Equality And The Politics Of Documentation.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 30 (4): 590-609.
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01419870701356015#.Un-4VhZjNbU

Antonio, Anthony Listing and Marcela Muñiz. 2007. “The Sociology of Diversity” in Sociology of Higher Education: Contributions and Their Contexts, edited by Patricia J. Gumport. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Bell, Joyce and Douglas Hartmann. 2007. “Diversity in Everyday Discourse: The Cultural Ambiguities and Consequences of ‘Happy Talk.’” American Sociological Review 72: 895-914.
http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~jdowd/bellandhartman-diversity.pdf