The statement below addresses values of human rights, social justice, and equity for classes and faculty-student interactions at SMU.
Created by an informal organization of SMU faculty and staff (called the Creating Change at SMU Working Group) with input from students and alumni of diverse backgrounds, the statement is intended to serve as a suggested model that faculty members can use and edit as they see fit. For example, a version of the statement might be included in a syllabus or on a Canvas page. Faculty members might post the statement on their office doors or provide a link (www.smu.edu/values) in their email signatures. Alternatively, they might simply use the statement as a guide in practicing mindful social equity and justice when teaching or meeting with students.
All faculty members are invited to participate. We hope that use of the statement will help ensure that each student is seen, heard, represented, and welcomed everywhere on the SMU campus, even as we realize that there is more work to be done.
Values Statement (Full Version):
|As an educator and a human being, I care about your growth and wellbeing. I am committed to collaborating with you in creating a learning experience that upholds the following values. I pledge to:
SMU has a variety of processes available for students experiencing academic and personal difficulties. I encourage you to learn more by visiting www.smu.edu/studentaffairs/gethelp.
Values Statement (Abridged Version):
|As an educator and a human being, I care about your growth and wellbeing. I pledge to foster faculty-student relationships of trust and collaborate with you in creating a learning experience that upholds values respecting the unique identities and basic human rights carried by all students. You can see an elaboration of these values here: www.smu.edu/values.
Help us assess the impact of and improve the Values Statement! Please let us know if and how you are using the statement, or if you have suggestions, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.