Diversity statement

The Gettysburg College Chemistry Department considers the diversity of its students, staff, and faculty to be of critical importance to its educational mission. As a department we are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive environment that welcomes, supports, and respects all of its members, from all backgrounds and experiences. Each and every member is critical to developing a community that values the diversity of experiences including but not limited to race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, and place of origin. The faculty and staff work to connect with and support each member of our community and expect all others to do the same in developing an environment that is free from harassment, exploitation, intimidation, and discrimination.

Beyond a commitment to an inclusive environment, the Chemistry Department commits to working to ensure an anti-racist future for the program and community. We understand the systemic racism that our field and institutions were built on, and will work to dismantle these systems in order to develop inclusive, equitable practices. As we do this, we commit to doing so uniformly, transparently, and with the needs of all our members at the forefront. Each member of our community is expected to uphold these values and work towards creating a more inclusive and equitable environment for all our members in the future.

Modified from statements from the Duke University, Lafayette College, and Swarthmore College Chemistry Departments.