In our teaching and research, we faculty in FIU’s Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies (GSS) are committed to uncovering the historical, sociocultural, and economic roots of structural inequalities in societies. In pursuit of that goal, we align with FIU’s values of truth in generating and disseminating knowledge, freedom of thought and expression, and respect for diversity. We seek to support through our teaching and research greater social, racial, and environmental justice in societies at all levels from the local to the global. Conversely, we are dedicated to critically examining those social and political efforts that seek to divide us in our common humanity—be they based on gender, race, religion, sexuality or nationality—in an effort to reduce the violence, oppression, and inequalities that they generate.
Moreover, the GSS faculty affirm our support for efforts, be they academic, journalistic, or political, that share our values and goals of promoting diversity and equality at all levels. These include university and educational curricula, such as ours, that critically examine the roots of inequalities, social movements, such as Black Lives Matter, journalistic efforts, such as the New York Times Magazine 1619 Project, practical efforts, such as diversity training, and theoretical constructs, such as critical race theory. We further affirm the American ideal of the university as a forum for free thought and speech and reject all efforts to stifle those or to intimidate students and faculty into silence in the face of injustice. We view these values and affirmations as constituting the foundation for educating an informed, free-thinking, and publicly engaged citizenry.