Department of Politics and International Affairs Statement on Bias

The Department of Politics and International Affairs is committed to being a community in which every member is treated with dignity, and all are welcomed to participate in the life of the department and in the respectful exploration of ideas.

We are deeply saddened to learn of the many instances in which members of the Furman community have been mistreated on account of their racial, religious, or ethnic backgrounds. We are grateful for the courage of those who have stepped forward to share these experiences.

We know we have work to do. We understand that there are more opportunities for us to address questions of systemic racism, social justice, and inequality in our curricular offerings and our programming, and to include diverse perspectives in our approach. We also understand that we must pay more attention to the culture of our department. We are in the process of creating a working group of faculty, students, and alumni to explore strategies to further our goal of fostering a place for learning and growth in which everyone is more actively included and consistently respected.