SOAN DEPARTMENT STATEMENT OF SUPPORT AND COMMITMENT
November 23, 2015
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology condemns the recent and ongoing threats against black members of the Lewis & Clark community, supports our affected students and colleagues, and commits to addressing our own complicity in sustaining racial inequities within our community and curriculum. Representing disciplines that have both purveyed and emerged to critique racism, we cannot but recognize this as an enduring feature of American society. As our students have clearly articulated, and as our fields of study have long documented, such threats are not isolated incidents; they reflect broader structures of racism and discrimination that necessarily penetrate the Lewis & Clark community. We reaffirm, first and foremost, our concern for and responsibility to those students of color who are the targets of the latest racialized threats. We take as our charge the enactment of that responsibility through concrete actions that create a safe and inclusive environment for our students and all members of the Lewis & Clark community.