Given ongoing turmoil around issues such as race, gender, and access to intellectual institutions, the Medieval Studies Institute finds it vital to articulate our position on diversity, equity, and inclusion. These issues do not belong solely to the present time, but must be seen as part of the longer history of the study of the medieval period as it has been complicit in and complicated by histories of discrimination related to differences of religion, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, social class and socioeconomic status, ability, and language, among others. We are proud to represent scholars and students from a variety of backgrounds, who together bring a multitude of perspectives to the study of the medieval world between 500 and 1500 CE. We are committed to attracting, retaining, and including students and faculty from a diversity of backgrounds, being especially mindful of underrepresented groups, in line with our mission to serve and support a personally, creatively, and intellectually thriving community. This statement reflects the commitments outlined in the Indiana University student code on the right to freedom from discrimination and harassment and Indiana University policies on Non-Discrimination/Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Sexual Misconduct.
The Medieval Studies Institute denounces and does not tolerate discrimination, bias, or violence of any kind. We do not tolerate discriminatory co-optation of the study of the medieval period. We insist upon justice and equality, affirming that we are made stronger by a culturally diverse community. We assert our dedication to providing equal opportunity for all persons. We strive to welcome, support, and learn from faculty, staff, and students who reflect the great diversity of the state of Indiana, the United States, and the global community. Many among us have been actively promoting curricular change, performing community outreach, and advocating for a more global consideration of the medieval period. Within the Medieval Studies Institute, we share a commitment to empathetic listening, respectful disagreement, and the value of debate. We emphasize and hold space for respectful debate from diverse positions; however, there is never a respectful or valid way to question the humanity of members of our community.
The ad hoc Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion recommends to the MEST Executive Committee that the Institute form a standing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee that will act based on these statements, including consideration of curricular changes, student and faculty recruitment, promotion and tenure support, and a more diverse range of topics in MEST programming.