The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies is committed to diversity, social justice, racial and gender equality, and the rights of the LGBTQ community. We therefore reject any action that, intentionally or not, contributes to the creation of a climate of fear and hostility, and we condemn harassment, particularly the racist, xenophobic, homophobic, and sexist hate speech and acts that have marred the election season and its aftermath. The national pattern of harassment and violence against women, people of color, Muslims, and the LGBTQ community are unacceptable in our university community.
To all those feeling vulnerable in the aftermath of the election, please consider the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies as a sanctuary. Our classes, offices (located in 002 Lyceum), and affiliates are resources for you, any time you need them. We know that our partners on campus—including the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement, the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, the Critical Race Studies Group, Southern Foodways Alliance, The Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and so many more—are similarly committed to you. Many of us feel vulnerable, too, but we refuse to withdraw or prevaricate. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and education is undaunted.
At its best, the university is a space to explore difference, to engage with new and potentially radical ideas, to discuss, experiment, debate, and dream. The Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies commits to holding The University of Mississippi to its highest ideals of education and equity.