FEC approved December 7, 2016
Faculty approved December 12, 2016
Graduate Student Council signed on, December 16, 2016
The faculty of the Claremont Graduate University welcomes all people of good will. We welcome all those who believe in reasoned debate and who recognize all people’s inherent worth.
We recognize that one of the great ironies of history is that the pursuit of noble virtues like equality, equal protection under the law, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion and the self-determination of all peoples has coexisted throughout our nation’s history with the failure to provide all groups, all peoples, all genders, all religions with these protections. At this moment, we feel compelled to assert that the university is and always should be one of the sites where this imbalance is redressed; where all are welcome to debate, to discuss and to engage thoughtfully and reasonably with each other; and, where all who enter our university do so with the goal of speaking to and improving the human condition. We welcome all races and ethnicities and reject bigotry, discrimination and hatred.
As faculty, we are committed to promoting a university that welcomes women as co-equals and recognizes that women’s rights are human rights. We absolutely reject any form of sexual predation or any other harassment based on sex or gender or pregnancy status. In keeping with this, we welcome those of all sexual and gender orientations.
We, as faculty, celebrate the foresight and the genius in this nation’s founding that sought protection of religious liberty and the separation of church and state. We maintain our commitment to being a university that welcomes those of all religious beliefs, particularly those who have often been discriminated against for their beliefs, including Jews, Muslims, Mormons, Christians, and atheists.
We, as faculty, welcome immigrants, who have made America great again and again. We also welcome international students and undocumented students, who add so much to our classroom discussions, our university culture, and our scholarship.
As artists and scholars, we affirm that we welcome those of all races, sexes, creeds, colors and national origins who believe that human progress is best made through careful and rational examination of evidence, and through conversations—including very difficult conversations around deep disagreements—that reject all forms of ad hominem argument.
Addendum, confirmed by FEC March 8, 2017:
The faculty affirms the university’s commitment to diversity statement and reaffirms our openness and support for all the groups described therein.